Truck driver dies after accidentally reversing into Durban harbour

Various emergency services were called out to help find the body of the driver.

A 41-year-old man died after he accidentally reversed a truck he was offloading from a ship into the Durban harbour on Tuesday morning, reports Southlands Sun.

KZN SAPS media spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane said that the driver of a heavy-duty “horse” truck had driven into the bay, and police divers from Durban Search and Rescue, along with Metro Police SAR, Life Response, Port Fire and Rescue, and KZN EMRS were called out to assist the Durban Harbour ORS Divers at M-Shed.

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“A dive operation was conducted and the driver of the truck was found in the wreckage at a depth of 12m. A second dive operation was conducted by the police divers to secure heavy duty rigging to the truck, and an Elcon Crane was used to hoist the truck to the surface and onto the Wharf side of the Harbour,” explained Zwane.

An inquest docket was opened at Maydon Wharf SAPS for further investigation.

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