Missing KZN toddler: Found alive in bushes after 2 days

A passer-by heard faint cries coming from a bush leading to the discovery of the boy who was in a critical condition.

In a heart-warming turn of events, the missing 21-month-old toddler, Mvelo Mangomba, who went missing in Etete in the Dolphin Coast on Monday, has been found alive and safe yesterday morning.

He was discovered by resident, Mzwakhe Shabane, who heard the faint cries of a child in the bush while he was walking home from work.

Shabane called on other residents to help him search the surrounding area and they soon found the little boy about 1km from his home.

Etete residents gathered to help search for Mvelo. Photo: North Coast Courier.


After the boy was reported missing, an intense search and rescue operation was launched.

No trace of Mvelo was found on Monday night and Tuesday, and the search resumed yesterday by SAPS’ K9 unit and the IPSS Search and Rescue division.

Also read: Community, K9 unit search for missing KZN toddler

A thermal drone piloted by PACSys, a drone company that specialises in agricultural equipment, was also deployed.

Dylan Meyrick of IPSS Medical Rescue says Mvelo was in a critical condition when he was found. He was stabilised before being transported to a hospital.

The boy’s survival was nothing short of a miracle, leaving the community grateful for his safe return.

Other than expressing their relief that their son was found alive, Mvelo’s parents reserved comment about the circumstances and speculation of his disappearance until later.


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