Rescue SA returns from Philippines

The group arrived home on Wednesday having spent about two weeks abroad.

A welcome banner for the Rescue SA team which arrived at OR Tambo International Airport after their mission to the Philippines. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Rescue South Africa says its mission to the Philippines not only helped people, but has also provided valuable training for local team members.

The group arrived home on Wednesday after having spent about two weeks abroad.

Major parts of the Philippines were devastated by super Typhoon Haiyan.

Team leader Ian Scher says the team set up a clinic in which they treated more than 700 people.

"I'm sure we were instrumental in saving a number of lives."

He says firefighters also managed to fix the roof of a hospital which had been severely damaged.

"This was a successful group of guys who gelled well together and worked hard."

The team were up against temperatures of more than 40 degrees and high humidity levels.

Rescue SA must still raise more than R1 million to finish paying for the mission.