Four people survived after a taxi was swept into the Duzi River on Wednesday. 
Picture: ER24
Four people survived after a taxi was swept into the Duzi River on Wednesday. Picture: ER24

Durban - Four people survived after the the taxi they were travelling in was swept off Barnsley Road into the swollen Duzi river in the Camps Drift area of Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday afternoon. 

According to ER24 Spokesperson Ross Campbell, flash flooding from the heavy rain in the area meant the normally calm stream had burst over the top of the bridge, taking the taxi with it. 

"Luckily a series of concrete bollards caught the vehicle before it dropped further over into the deeper water.

"Two men had managed to climb to safety at that point, but two others, a man and a woman, were taken by the river. By the time ER24 were on the scene just before 6 pm, Search & Rescue had managed to pull the two others from the reeds further down the river.

Video: Four people survived after a taxi washed into the Duzi River in Pietermaritzburg. Supplied

"All four were treated on scene for minor cuts and abrasions - the lady who had been in the water the longest was found to be suffering from mild hyperthermia. 

"ER24 transported two and another service on the scene transported the other two through to Edendale Hospital for further care," said Campbell. 

He said SAPS and the Fire Department were also on scene. 

In a seperate incident, the body of a 7-year-old boy that washed away in a river in KwaDukuza was recovered on Wednesday. 

According to Paul Herbst from IPSS Medical Rescue the boy had been walking from school on Tuesday and crossing the Soweto River Bridge near Darnal when he was washed away in the strong current. 

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