No en­vi­ron­men­tal threat from sub­merged ve­hi­cle

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Tam­lyn Jolly

THERE are no en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns re­lat­ing to the ve­hi­cle which plunged into the water at Naval Is­land last Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

This from Transnet Na­tional Ports Author­ity’s (TNPA) En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­ager, Lungile Nyembe, whose de­part­ment in­spected the area in ques­tion.

‘TNPA’s Port of Richards Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal De­part­ment was no­ti­fied of the in­ci­dent just af­ter 9.30am on Wed­nes­day and pro­ceeded to the site for an in­spec­tion, and to as­cer­tain whether there were any en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns.

‘Upon ar­rival, the de­part­ment found that the ve­hi­cle had al­ready been re­cov­ered from the water.

‘The area was in­spected and no en­vi­ron­men­tal threats were iden­ti­fied.

‘No oil smells or traces of oil in the water were noted, nei­ther was such re­ported by port con­trol. ‘TNPA is in the process of get­ting ac­cess con­trol for the slip­way to en­sure the ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment is pro­tected.’

The ve­hi­cle plunged into the wa­ters around the com­mer­cial slip­way on Naval Is­land in the early hours of last Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

De­tails sur­round­ing the rea­son be­hind the in­ci­dent are sketchy and, de­spite po­lice on the scene be­ing told that the driver had been hi­jacked, Richards Bay SAPS Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer, Cap­tain Deb­bie Fer­reira, on Mon­day con­firmed that no such case had been opened by the ve­hi­cle owner.

Tam­lyn Jolly

The ve­hi­cle was pulled out of the water last Wed­nes­day morn­ing

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