The search and rescue teams that helped KZN get home

Indeed, police search and rescue personnel – who came to KZN weeks ago to help – are returning home on Friday.

Warrant Officer Dave Steyn facilitated all operations from Virginia Airport, north of Durban.

“Divers from the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Gauteng, North West had to head back out as they had their own flooding and heavy rain in the first week of our operation here.

“We have a group that will stay behind. KZN divers, rescuers and K9s will stay behind and continue operations until the Provincial Operations Command Center and NatJOINTS decide that now is the time to completely reduce the operations.”

Steyn says members of the Air Force, Navy and Army will remain on site to help.

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He says operations will continue until a decision is made to scale back recovery efforts.

“We must particularly mention, not only to the members, but to their families – those who stayed, those who traveled from afar, as well as the families of the KZN crew who work here, the endless hours they spend The matriarch and the patriarchs have to come say here to help everyone and the surrounding communities and the CPFs and advisors have helped to make sure everything runs smoothly.

“I personally have never seen anything like this and being in the search and rescue unit for over 20 years we have had to deal with flooding from time to time it is the worst we have had meet.”

Brandon D. James