Tearful service for Louise

2017-07-11 06:02
Louise Fowler from Kenilworth

Louise Fowler from Kenilworth

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About 200 people, including learners of Greenfield Girls’ Primary School, gathered at Christ Church in Kenilworth to pay their last respects to classmate Louise ­Fowler.

The seven year old is presumed dead after being swept off rocks by strong waves in Betty’s Bay on Friday 30 June.

A thanksgiving service was held last week Thursday following a week-long search by different teams, including residents, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), police and local neighbourhood watch. Only the clothes she was wearing were found. The body is reportedly still missing.

Louise was in the town with her family for a weekend away at the start of the school ­holiday.

She was the eldest daughter and is survived by her parents and younger sister. The family is reportedly struggling to come to terms with the loss.

More than 10 speakers at the service cried as they shared their memories of her with the mourners and friends.

Speakers described her as a precious angel who was full of life and creativity.

A person close to the family, Zanele Sajini, who occasionally works for the Fowlers, says the family is struggling to accept the news. She says she also could not believe it.

“I was with them a day before and they were all looking forward to their weekend away. The family is struggling to accept this, they are going through a very difficult time.

“Louise was friendly, liked to play and was a girl of her own likes,” Sajini said.

Jorika Rabie, chairperson of the Betty’s Bay neighbourhood watch, says after six days of searching the neighbourhood watch, together with 30 volunteers, decided to stop the search and wait to hear from divers.

Rabie says this was an unfortunate incident caused by a freak wave.

Craig Lambinon, NSRI spokesperson, confirms that the police’s dive unit is continuing the search.

He says the NSRI remains on alert to help the police dive unit when requested to do so.

Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Andre Traut confirms the police are also helping with the search.

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