Wa­ter­fall plunge kills woman

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - DUN­CAN GUY

A 35- YEAR- old woman fell 110m to her death down How­ick Falls in KwaZulu-Natal yes­ter­day morn­ing.

“Res­cue work­ers ab­seiled to the bot­tom of the falls where the woman was found,” Vanessa Jack­son of ER24 said.

“They pulled her from the wa­ter and it was ev­i­dent that she had al­ready suc­cumbed to the mas­sive trau­matic in­juries that she had sus­tained. Her re­mains were placed in a spe­cialised bas­ket stretcher and pulled up to the top.”

Po­lice spokesman Colonel Jay Naicker said the de­tails sur­round­ing the woman’s fall were un­clear and would be in­ves­ti­gated.

Naicker said How­ick po­lice had opened an in­quest docket.

How­ever, peo­ple close to the scene spoke of her hav­ing left a cell­phone and a R20 note at the top of the falls, a spot where women from the nearby Shiyabazali in­for­mal set­tle­ment fre­quently wash clothes.

How­ick Falls has woven into its his­tory a num­ber of sui­cides and at­tempted sui­cides, many of which are writ­ten up on an in­for­ma­tion board for tourists.

In June last year, a fire­man res­cued a woman spot­ted by tourism vol­un­teers from the viewpoint as she edged her way through the fast-flow­ing wa­ter to­wards the lip of the wa­ter­fall.

The woman had just come from the lo­cal mag­is­trate’s court where a case in­volv­ing a dis­pute in her fam­ily had been heard.

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