The Citizen (Gauteng)

Woman dies after car falls in dam


The body of a 39-year-old woman from Gauteng was recovered on Saturday after her car was found semi-submerged in Hartbeespo­ort Dam.

According to Arthur Crewe of the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), Hartbeespo­ort Dam duty crew were activated after several eye witnesses reported an incident which took place between the dam wall and the snake park.

The Strategic Response and Rescue Unit launched its rescue boat, accompanie­d by NSRI rescue swimmers and police divers. On arrival they freedived into the water.

The body of a woman was recovered from the vehicle and taken to shore where she was declared dead by paramedics.

After children’s toys were found in the vehicle, there were fears that children may have been in the vehicle and a search commenced for any remaining persons.

However, it was discovered the woman had been alone in the vehicle, said the NSRI.

Police have opened an inquest docket.

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