The gas leakage in Durban has brought about the death of three gallant military men. The ugly incident has provoked reactions from the South African Defence Force (SANDF)

The three SANDF members who died in a “freak accident” at the army’s naval base in Durban, were trying to rescue three contract workers screaming for help at the bottom of a sewage pit after a gas leak, says the SANDF.

According to Brigadier-General Mafi Mgobozi the contract workers from the Department of Public Works were working in the sewage pit at the naval base. There were suddenly screams for help.

He said three SANDF members who heard the cries went down the sewage pit to help but they were overcome by the gas fumes. All six men died while 26 others were injured.

“We want to send our deepest condolences to the families of our members and those of the contractors that were working at the sewage pit.”

SA Navy spokesperson, Rachel Dulamo, said the Navy would be releasing a statement detailing exactly what happened in the next hour.