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Girl survives as car washed off bridge

2011-12-28 09:10

Johannesburg - A 12-year-old girl clung to a branch of a tree for an hour after the car in which she was a passenger was washed into a dam during a rain storm north of Johannesburg this week.

The Star
newspaper reported on Wednesday that when help arrived, Tshegofatso Dithung tried to fight off a security guard so that she could climb back into the swollen dam to search for her father and grandmother, who were still inside the car.

Both adults drowned but the girl survived.

While stuck in the car with a central locking system that prevented them from getting out, Tshegofatso's father had advised her to stay inside, believing it would be safer, her mother, Fundi Ndaba, told the newspaper.

But Tshegofatso realised the car was filling up with water, so she opened the window and climbed out. She held on to the top of the car, until she found a log to hold on to, the report read.

She had recently taught herself how to swim, her mother said.

The three occupants of the car had been returning from a Christmas visit weekend visit at the Blue Valley Golf Estate in Midrand when the incident happened on Monday night.

Comments
  • Lara - 2011-12-28 09:30

    A brave clever girl. Sadly, she couldn't save her family.

      Selwyn - 2011-12-28 10:36

      Some sicko and deranged inhumane subject giving a thumbs down to the above comments, remember the wheel turns!!! Yes brave girl indeed, r.i.p. to the two who did not make it, sad indeed.

  • gert.j.duplessis - 2011-12-28 09:45

    Very sad incident but makes one wonder what type of vehicle this was in which the doors could only be opened through the central locking system which if it fails leaves one no way to get out of the vehicle...............

      Sean - 2011-12-28 17:06

      Ok first off. Go check an episode of mythbusters, if fact there are several addressing this exact scenario. Once there is water pressure halfway up a door the central locking is useless as no normal man is strong enough to open the door. When offroad the first thing you do is take off your seatbelt and open your windows so that if you slip into a river or body of water you can simply swim away. The vehicle manufacturers cannot be held accountable for such things otherwise we will end up having swiss-cheese cars!

  • Phiza - 2011-12-28 10:19

    Brave girl indeed

  • Ethol - 2011-12-28 11:39

    My heart go's out to this little girl who has to go into 2012 with out parents.God will be will be with her

      Ethol - 2011-12-28 13:08

      oh YES there is a GOD...it was her parents time to die and GOD gave her another chanche in life!!

      Arvin - 2011-12-28 13:14

      Another chance in life without parents, finances, etc... you too will change your tune when you have a tragedy like this and you have to bear the unfortunate loss.

  • Ewald - 2011-12-28 21:11

    WOW Ethol, you clearly knows more than the rest of us!! You religious naives gives me the creeps. But enjoy your JuJu bash, that's God's will as well I guess. Isidenge.

  • Lucille - 2011-12-28 21:18

    @Arvin and @Ewald there is a God....if you guys like it or not get real!!!!

      Ewald - 2011-12-29 04:08

      WOW Luccilly, how you know? Is he, sorry HE..on Twitter? Or is the Bible his Facebook my skattie?

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