Last Wednesday, the first incident which was reported, was of the Johnston family in Elandskraal (Sedgefield) who perished in the raging forest fires while fleeing for safety from their small-holding. Tony Johnston (34), Mandy (33) and their son Michael (3) were found by members of the the Attaqau K-9 Dog Unit at around 11:50, approximately 50 meters from their home after being engulfed in flames. Adding to the devastation was the fact that the family died on the sons third birthday.
The following day, at around 09:00, the police found the body of a four-year-old Catherine Matope next to a dam at Narnia Village, Welbedacht.
Bosman knew at that time that the provincial hospital was being evacuated. “He met up with Declan Nurse in a NSRI vehicle at the N2 intersection, so with sirens going, they rushed her to the private hospital.” Malawian born Enalo Manda (22) , later died from her injuries in the Tygerberg hospital on Saturday at 21:00
“The police have reinforced deployment to the affected areas in Knysna to assist with operations in search of possible missing or lost and unaccounted relatives of those that has fallen victim to the devastating fires. Forensic and rescue dogs were also deployed in these areas,” added Pojie
A 70-year-old woman was reported as missing from her Bergvallei home near Karatara in the early hours of Friday, but was found unharmed by members of the Tsitsikamma K-9 unit at a friend's house in Barrington. Both police spokespersons stressed that police from afar as Cape Town have been deployed to help.
The Knysna police has reinforced deployment to the affected areas in Knysna to assist with operations in search of possible missing or lost and unaccounted relatives of those who have fallen victim to the devastating fires. Forensic and rescue dogs were also deployed in these areas.
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