GQEBERHA – SAPS Algoa Park detectives are investigating an inquest after one man sustained fatal injuries and another was left in a critical condition while unblocking a drain in Missionvale on Friday, 13 January 2023.

It is reported that at about 14:00, on the mentioned date, sub-contractors were busy inside a drain in GG Grounds in Missionvale when a blockage gave way and the drain started to flow. The strong suction pulled both workers into the pipe underneath the water. Rescue workers from the SAPS and the Fire department managed to recover both victims. They were resuscitated and rushed to hospital.

During the early hours of Saturday morning, 14 January 2023, one person, approximately 23-years-old, passed away while the other is still in hospital.

The men were sub-contractors for the municipality and were busy unblocking a main raw sewage service drain when the incident occurred. The next of kin of the deceased is yet to be notified.

Source: South African Police Service