Wildlife photographer rescues elderly couple from Overstand area fires

Wildlife photographer rescues elderly couple from Overstand area fires

- Wildlife photographer, Justin Sullivan, rescued an elderly couple on the side of the road

- Justin was filming the Overstand area fires for a documentary when he came across the terrified couple

- The fires have been raging since New Years Day

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While capturing footage of firefighters tirelessly working to extinguish the raging Betty’s Bay fires, wildlife photographer, Justin Sullivan, rescued an elderly couple who were stuck along the road in a smothering cloud of smoke.

Justin was on the scene capturing footage for the upcoming documentary, Walking with Fire: A Wildfire Documentary, when he found himself caught in the unfolding drama. Barely able to see through the thick smoke, Justin only vaguely saw the couple who were unable to find their way out of the cloud after their vehicle caught on fire.

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Justin shared some footage to social media platform, Facebook and shared his sympathies with those affected by the fires.

“I’m so grateful for being in the right place at the right time to assist people in need, particularly an elderly couple whose car had caught on fire as they were trying to escape,” wrote Justin.

He also expressed appreciation and admiration for all the firfighters, volunteers and the community who came together to provide assistance.

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The Betty's Bay Fires

Since New Years Day, the Betty's Bay, Pringle Bay, Hangklip and Rooi Els communities have been fighting against raging fires which have destroyed more than 30 homes and severely damaged property and wildlife.

Residents have had to flee the area to find safety while officials struggle to extinguish the blaze.

The fires were allegedly caused by a 34-year old man who has since been arrested.

"We arrested the suspect for the fires. We've got witnesses also. We locked the suspect at Kleinmond police station," said Captain Harold Nqwenani to News24.

The winds were racing at almost 100kph fueled the fires in the Overberg when Justin arrived on scene.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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