Tragedy strikes again at Voëlklip: Man, 33, dies after bakkie plunges off cliff

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A 33-year-old man succumbed to his injuries after the vehicle he was in fell down the Voëlklip Cliff on Tuesday, 8 February. It is nearly a year since two elderly women died after their vehicle went off the road at the same spot.

ANOTHER VEHICLE GOES DOWN VOELKLIP CLIFF

Western Cape Government Health (WCGH) EMS spokesperson Deanna February said a call for assistance came through at 8:40 on Tuesday. “One male patient, 33-years-old, was in the vehicle when it left the cliff.”

When paramedics arrived at the scene at Voëlklip Cliff, Herolds Bay they found that the man had suffered fatal injuries.

The body of the deceased was recovered by the WCGH Air Mercy Service (AMS) and other rescue officials.

“In total, four Rescue vehicles were on scene and Forensic Pathology Services officials were on scene and followed the standard protocol whilst the body of the deceased was recovered,” said February.

The accident scene was cleared at approximately 13:00.

South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson in the southern Cape, Captain Malcolm Pojie, said the George police have opened an inquest docket for further investigation following the retrieval of the body.

“It is believed that the deceased did not pitch for work this morning, whereafter the employer traced the bakkie of the deceased to near Voëlklip…” said Pojie.

The deaths of the two 75-year-old women at Voëlklip Cliff in February 2021 was one of many similar incidents that have taken place at the popular Western Cape fishing spot over the years.

In January 2021, a 34-year-old woman was travelling with her daughter, 2, and son, 8, when her vehicle also plunged off the cliff. The son managed to escape before the crash. The toddler’s body was found by a fisherman a month later.

In October 2019, Heidi Scheepers and her two children – aged 6 and 2 – died after their vehicle fell down the same cliff.

EDIT: This article was updated at 15:45 on Tuesday to add the police’s comment in paragraphs seven and eight.

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