While heavy rains battered parts of KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday afternoon, the rescuers were frantically searching for a schoolboy who had been swept away by a flooded river.
“Teams were searching the Nonoti River in Darnall, on the KZN north coast, for the missing nine-year-old,” IPSS Rescue’s Dylan Meyerick confirmed. “Rescue teams have been in the water looking for a nine-year-old who was walking home from school and got washed off a low-level bridge.”
To help the rescuers, there was a special crew with a sniffer dog deployed.
Sadly, the search was called off by 5:30pm due to bad weather. The boy is still missing.
Meyerick added that, because of the torrential rains, the dam level had dramatically increased posing a threat of flooding to the nearby areas. The inclement weather since the weekend has left at least three people dead, including a couple killed when their bedroom walls and roof collapsed on Monday.