Tuesday, August 16, 2022

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Search ramps up as rescuers hope to find body!

Search rescuers are hopeful of finding the body of Khayalethu Magadla as the operation in Soweto goes into the second week on Saturday.

The six-year-old has been missing since Sunday, 12 June, after slipping and falling into an open manhole in Dlamini Park. He was playing with his friends.

Khayalethu Magadla missing for two weeks

Rescuers pinned their hopes on specialised robots with a 360-degree view, deploying the floating device with surface and underwater cameras underground using a boat.

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A DeltaScan team, who assembled the technology, views the footage taken at the end of the search operation each day to ascertain what it captured underground. The teams have been moving from one manhole to the next – eight in total – along the pipeline.

Rescuers are exploring the last three sections near the split chamber, located at the Olifantsvlei Cemetery, about 12 kilometres from the first manhole. Johannesburg Emergency Management Services (EMS) Twitter.com/RobertMulaudzi” target=”_blank”>spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said his team is hopeful of a breakthrough in the search for Khayalethu today.

“This morning, we are back on-site at the split chamber, continuing our search for young Khayalethu Magadla. Today, our focus is mainly on the split chamber. We are exploring the opportunities along the three pipelines moving towards the main plant.

“We hope that by the end of the day, we’ll be able to locate young Khayalethu and assist the family find closure.”

Johannesburg EMS spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi

Robots deployed in search of missing boy on Thurs, 16 June

Meanwhile, search and rescue efforts to find the missing Soweto child, Khayalethu went into overdrive as teams prepared to deploy robots underground for the first time on 16 June.

“Rescue teams continued with the search this morning [17 June]. Teams will return to the section where Khayalethu fell along the pipeline. Our colleagues from Joburg Water will also continue to clean up the split chamber.

“Search operation teams will deploy robots to give us a 360-degree view along the pipeline. Should they detect something, we will send technicians underground to recover the boy. As it stands, however, we cannot confirm that the child is deceased.

“[Johannesburg EMS] will confirm it only when we see it. But the chances of us finding him alive are very slim because of the number of days which have passed. But, as it stands, we cannot confirm as we have not seen him.”

Johannesburg EMS spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi

There is no waiting period to report a person missing. Report all missing persons at your nearest police station immediately.

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