Crime & Accidents News
05 October 2021

Hartbeespoort – A 29-year-old woman passed away on Monday night, 27 September, after her vehicle veered off the road and plunged into the Hartbeespoort Dam, between the snake park and the dam wall.

Hartbeespoort Dam’s National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) team were called to the scene shortly before 9pm by the police who responded to reports of a vehicle that plunged into the dam, trapping the occupants. 

NSRI Hartbeespoort Dam station commander Arthur Crewe said: “The NSRI rescue craft ‘Sea Legs’ joined the police on the scene of a small passenger vehicle which was submerged in the water.

Our NSRI rescue swimmers recovered the body of an adult female from the wreck and immediately started with cardiopulmonary resuscitation. After all efforts to resuscitate the woman were exhausted, she was declared deceased.”

It was initially believed that the woman had a baby with her and the NSRI rescue swimmers continued to search for the missing baby. No sign of a baby was found, and police confirmed shortly after that the baby was safe at the home of the deceased’s partners’ parents. 

The vehicle was secured in the dam and the police deployed vehicle recovery services. The NSRI conveyed their sincerest condolences with the loved ones of the young women.

NSRI responded to a scene of a vehicle which plunged into the Hartbeespoort Dam.


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