Yesterday night, yet another vehicle went over a cliff at Voëlklip in Herolds Bay, the Southern Cape. The lifeless body of a 52-year-old woman was discovered this morning.
At around 21:30 on Tuesday, the local residents noticed the victim’s car, a red Chevrolet Spark, falling down.
“They saw the car plunging down the cliff still with its lights on. The car had a CAW (George) registration,” police spokesperson Sergeant Chris Spies advised.
The police diving units, emergency medical and pathology services along with the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) had spent the night and morning on the scene looking for the survivors.
“Members on the scene saw a body on the rocks this morning and the recovery operation was launched in an effort to retrieve the body from the water. The body of the deceased was later airlifted from the sea,” Spies confirmed. “An inquest docket was opened after the body of a 52-year-old woman was recovered from the sea at Herolds Bay near George on Wednesday, at about 07:15.”
According to the preliminary reports, even though the wreckage has not been recovered yet, the police suspect no foul play. It is also stated that the woman has been identified but her name will only be released once her relatives are informed.
The country hasn’t forgotten the previous victims of the treacherous cliff road: in October, Heidi Scheepers with her daughter and son went missing in the same area. The woman’s body was recovered soon after 2-year-old Hugo had been discovered floating in a gorge. The body of 6-year-old Cozette was never found.
Four years earlier, three students, aged 20 to 21, also perished at this location. The bodies of Marnic Els, Luandro Jansen and Werner Finger were all found days after they had initially disappeared.