Rescue SA deployed to DRC for plane crash scene

2010-06-24 15:00
A South African rescue team today left for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to help retrieve the remains of the victims of an airplane crash.

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

“Rescue SA received an official request for assistance at the remote site of the tragic plane crash,” Rescue SA director Ryan Noach said in a statement. “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 Rescue SA Team will arrive in Brazzaville, in the neighbouring Republic of the Congo, later this evening. The team of five includes search and rescue technicians as well as an expert in mortuary science. They have taken with them 250kg of specialised equipment to help extract the bodies.

The team expects to begin work first thing tomorrow morning.