The body of Kenneth Ngcobo who was swept off a bridge in Mslasini, Everest Heights – Verulam during heavy rains last night was recovered approximately one kilometer down stream a short while ago (Monday).
At approximately 20:47 last night Reaction Unit South Africa received a call from a local councilor requesting assistance after he witnessed two men being swept off the bridge during the heavy down pour. One person is suspected to have grabbed onto vegetation and managed to pull himself out of the river while Ngcobo was swept away by the heavy current.
The SAPS Search & Rescue and Metro Policeman conducted a brief search last night however the rescue attempt was called off due to inclement weather conditions and rising levels of the river. At first light the search commenced however the heavy current made it difficult for rescuers and specialized Police dogs to enter the river.
This afternoon the RUSA Robinson R44 helicopter took off to assist the community and family of Ngcobo to search for his body. While hovering over vegetation in the water members of the community entered the river and discovered the body trapped amongst the reeds.
Reaction Officers also entered the river and assisted in freeing Ngcobo’s body. RUSA Officers with assistance from the public carried the body with specialized equipment upstream and into an open field. His family who travelled from Illovo in the South Coast confirmed his identity.
Ngcobo (whos age is unconfirmed) was living alone in Verulam and was employed at a local stationary company.