Three men rescued after being trapped on ledge of Parow Canal

Three men were rescued from the Parow Canal, on Thursday afternoon.

Mayoral Committee Member for Safety & Security, JP Smith, said the incident occurred at the corners of Jan Van Riebeeck and Cloete Street, where fast flowing water in the canal adjacent to the railway trapped the three men on a ledge in the canal.

He added that the emergency call came through at 11:20, and the City of Cape Town’s Fire & Rescue Service crews from Goodwood, Kuilsriver, Bellville, as well as the Training Academy and Metro Rescue were on scene.

‘’Staff rigged a rope pulley system attached to the boat as the current was extremely strong, undertaking the rescue with non-motorised craft with oars, for the safety of the trapped persons.

‘’The first person was rescued at 12:28 and the other two at 12:38. Metro ambulance staff treated the patients after being rescued,’’ he added.


Smith said the situation was made difficult as their communication devices failed, but Smith said firefighters used hand signals to get by.


‘’I want to commend the City's Fire & Rescue staff for their swift action and skill in ensuring the safety of the three men. We are proud of our capable and professional Fire & Rescue Dive Unit,’’ said JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety & Security.


Done by: Alungile Njemla


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