Capt Pierre Marx of the K9 Search and Rescue Division in East London, who died on duty during Saturday’s severe flooding, received heartfelt appreciation.
It was reported on Sunday that Marx’s safety line was on at the Horse Shoe Valley Causeway in the Nahon River.
Marx was previously honored by then President Jacob Zuma for his courage after saving a young boy from drowning in a rainwater runoff.
East London was hit by heavy rain on Saturday. Several areas, including Mdantsane and Duncan Village, were hit by the rain.
The death toll from the floods is currently seven.
Police spokesman Brig Tembinkosi Kinana confirmed the incident to the dispatch on Sunday morning and said the police were working to find out exactly what happened to Marx.
Police colleagues and ambulance workers paid tribute to Marx on social media.
Marx’s last Facebook page Post was online the overcrowded Nahoon Dam after the much needed rains.
Paul Fick from EMS wrote: “Captain Marx is very much missed and he has left a huge legacy.
” He was one of the most humble people I have ever worked with. We greet you, captain. Have a good rest, my friend. ”
Many have offered condolences to Marx’s family and his wife Michalene.
On Saturday, the Buffalo City Metro dispatched its disaster relief teams, including fire and transportation services and law enforcement to conduct rescue operations, evacuating people after the severe floods.
Hundreds were displaced in the city’s informal settlements.