Large parts of PE without power after two electrocuted flying kites

Large parts of Port Elizabeth were left without power on Wednesday evening
Large parts of Port Elizabeth were left without power on Wednesday evening
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A Port Elizabeth teenager and young child were shocked and sustained multiple burn wounds while flying kites near electricity cables at Windvogel on Wednesday evening, police confirmed.

Municipal spokesperson, Mthubanzi Mniki said the incident caused a fault at the Ditchling substation and resulted in a power outage across large parts of the city.

Police spokesperson Captain Sandra Janse Van Rensburg, confirmed that an 18-year-old man and a boy, 7, sustained multiple burn wounds at around 6pm.

“According to police information , two males aged 7 and 18 years old were flying a kite close to electrical power lines when the kite touched one of the electrical wires,” she said

“The electrical current passed through the 18-year-old who was electrocuted and sustained serious burns while the 7-year-old sustained minor injuries. Both were treated at the scene by paramedics and transported to hospital for treatment.”

Democratic Alliance (DA) PR councillor Gordon Sampson, described an horrific scene which took place behind Second Street.

“They were flying kites and the string got caught in the over head lines.

“The teenager was burning, there was lots of flames and smoke. He was burnt really badly, all over his body. The little boy was burnt on his face,” said Sampson.

According to Sampson the lines were high voltage of 132,000 kilovolts.

Police, emergency and electrical teams were on the scene.

Sampson said both the teenager and child were stabilised on the scene surrounded by concerned community members.

He added that they were both transported to hospital for further medical assistance.

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