Kareedouw, Eastern Cape -

A Kareedouw farmer is missing after his car was swept off a low bridge by floodwaters, Eastern Cape police said on Wednesday.

Frits Myburgh and his wife, Poppie, both in their 40s, were crossing the Kouga bridge in Kareedouw at 8pm on Tuesday night when their Mitsubishi Colt bakkie was swept into the water, Lt Col Priscilla Naidu said in a statement.

The wife was able to climb out the window and hold onto a rock about 100m downstream.

“That was the last time she saw her husband or the bakkie,” Naidu said.

The wife was found at 1pm on Wednesday by passers-by who alerted the police.

Police then began a search for Frits Myburgh using police divers, K9 units and rescue teams. The search was called off on Wednesday afternoon due to poor weather conditions.

Poppie Myburgh was taken to hospital for treatment. She was discharged into the care of her daughter and friends in Kareedouw. - Sapa