Western Cape: At 14H17 Tuesday afternoon Netcare 911 responded to reports of an industrial incident in Parow Valley.
Paramedics from Netcare 911 and Life RV – Lima Charlie 1 were in attendance. Reports from the scene indicate that workers had become trapped in a Dump and waste collection pit and were suffering the effects of toxic gases.
Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services crews had to use breathing apparatus as well as set up a rope system to retrieve the patients.
Tragically on a closer assessment by Paramedics four people had died, another two were in a critical condition and another one sustained moderate injuries.
Once treated the patients were transported by various ambulance services to hospital for further treatment.
Circumstances leading up to the incident are unknown but will be investigated by the relevant authorities.
Source: Shawn Herbst – Media Liaison Officer – Netcare Limited – Netcare 911
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