Helicopter pilot killed while battling fire in Southern Cape

The blaze has been raging in the Vermaaklikheid area near Riversdale since Sunday.

A Working on Fire helicopter in the process of extinguishing a fire in the Vermaaklikheid area in the Southern Cape on 22 October 2018. Picture: @wo_fire/Twitter

CAPE TOWN – A helicopter pilot has died while helping to battle a runaway fire in the Southern Cape.

The helicopter he was flying crashed earlier on Tuesday morning.

The blaze has been raging in the Vermaaklikheid area near Riversdale since Sunday.

At least seven homes have been destroyed.

Western Cape Local Government MEC spokersperson, James-Brent Styan, says: “The City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services have been put on standby to provide additional backup if required.

“The minister expressed his condolences on behalf of the provincial government, the family and friends, they’re in our prayers and thoughts at this time.”