Motorist drowned in heavy rain

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“Since heavy rains started in the Kroonstad area, the team was called to an unfortunate incident after a drowning was reported,” mentioned Free State police spokesperson, Mahlomola Kareli.

The team searched for the man’s body after he attempted to drive through a body of water. “The team was called and the body of the 50-year-old male was retrieved from the water,” Kareli said.

He further added that they received another call in Bloemfontein where four motorists were left stranded because their cars were completely submerged under water. None of these four motorists sustained any injuries.

“As the police in the Free State, we are pleading with motorists and community members in general to avoid using flooded bridges when it rains.

Be careful when you walk or drive over low-lying bridges, as well as places known to have large bodies of water, as water can rise without warning. Fast-moving water may result in injury or drowning,” said Kareli.

The South African Police Services’ Diving Unit (SAPS) in the Free State remains ready for rescues and retrievals throughout the province as the province is experiencing heavy torrential rains.

The Free State Office of the Provincial Commissioner released a statement to assure residents that with the heavy rains that have been experienced in the Free State, members of the diving unit and K9 Search and Rescue Unit are on 24/7 standby duty for calls to assist.

The Free State police also urged parents to educate their children about water safety to prohibit accidents, or even worse – drowning.

“If you are in a flash flood-prone area, move to higher ground. Do not travel when there is a warning of flooding or severe weather. Let’s be responsible citizens and adhere to the warnings,” concluded Kareli.

 

Compiled by Abigail Visagie

Abigail@mahareng.co.za