Helicopter crash during firefighting in Hessequa
23 October 2018
The Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell, regrets to confirm that a Working on Fire helicopter has crashed during firefighting operations in the Garden Route region of the Western Cape. The specific area is called Vermaaklikheid and it falls in the Hessequa municipal boundary. There has been one confirmed fatality but the further details cannot be released at this time.
Western Cape Provincial Fire services has already deployed resources from the Overberg region to the area and the City of Cape Town fire and rescue services has been put on standby to provide additional backup if required.
The Minister expressed his condolences on behalf of the provincial government.
“The family, friends and the community of firefighters are in our thoughts at this time.”
The public is urged to report fire outbreaks across the province as soon as possible using the emergency number 112.
Spokesperson for the Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell
Mobile: 084 583 1670
Telephone: 021 483 2820