SA rescue team to help in DRC

A SOUTH African rescue team left for the Democratic Republic of Congo yesterday to help retrieve the remains of the victims of an air crash.

A SOUTH African rescue team left for the Democratic Republic of Congo yesterday to help retrieve the remains of the victims of an air crash.

The plane, carrying the board of Australian mining firm Sundance Resources, crashed into a dense jungle in the DRC on Saturday.

Rescue SA director Ryan Noach said: "Rescue SA received an official request for assistance at the remote site of the tragic plane crash.

"Rescue SA is the only fully trained and equipped rescue team in Africa capable of immediate deployment to major disasters."

According to reports, the bodies of the dead occupants cannot be retrieved due to the twisted wreckage of the aircraft.

The SA team was due to arrive in Brazzaville late yesterday.

The team of five includes search and rescue technicians as well as an expert in mortuary science.

The team has taken with them 250kg of specialised equipment to help extract the bodies.

They are expected to commence work early today. - Sapa

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