'The last body was retrieved at about 2 o'clock this morning'

On Monday evening just after 5pm, a trench on a construction project collapsed in Sandown Road, in Sunningdale, Table View, trapping a number of workers.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, three of the men's bodies that had been covered in sand were recovered.

Jermaine Carelse of the City of Cape Town's Fire and Rescue Service provides Kieno Kammies and listeners with an update of the men trapped under muddied sand in a trench they were digging in Sandown Road.

When the officers arrived on the scene the bodies had already been covered in sand for approximately 30 minutes.

Jermaine Carelse, Spokesperson - City of Cape Town's Fire and Rescue Service

Metro Fire and Rescue and other ambulance services were on the scene, he says.

Rescuers worked tirelessly throughout the night.

Jermaine Carelse, Spokesperson - City of Cape Town's Fire and Rescue Service

The last body was retrieved at about 2 o'clock this morning.

Jermaine Carelse, Spokesperson - City of Cape Town's Fire and Rescue Service

At first, it was suspected 4 men had died.

The fourth person was found to be alive after a roll call was done.

Jermaine Carelse, Spokesperson - City of Cape Town's Fire and Rescue Service

The walls of the trench collapsed and that will come out after the investigation.

Jermaine Carelse, Spokesperson - City of Cape Town's Fire and Rescue Service

Listen to the update from Jermaine Carelse below:


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