The bodies of two men were retrieved from a sewerage pit behind the Table Bay Hotel on the evening of Tuesday, January 6.
The City’s Fire & Rescue Service was alerted at approximately 6.18pm that the bodies of two maintenance workers were found in the pit at East Pier Road at the V&A Waterfront.
“Several City resources including Epping Trainings Hazmat Response team, Spilltech and ER24 were dispatched to the scene. Because the area where the bodies were situated, was filled with toxic gasses, the team had to donn Class B suits. They were hooked onto an airline and lowered into the pit by a rope system,” said Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson, Jermaine Carelse.
The first body was retrieved at 10.23pm and the second just after midnight.
“The scene was handed over to the SAPS for further investigation,” Carelse added.