Teen slips on wet rocks, falls to death

2013-02-20 09:09
Theunis Chamberlain holds a photograph of his daughter, Logan, who fell to her death during a hike in the Magaliesberg. (Mary-Ann Palmer, Beeld)

Theunis Chamberlain holds a photograph of his daughter, Logan, who fell to her death during a hike in the Magaliesberg. (Mary-Ann Palmer, Beeld)

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Pretoria - A teenager fell to her death in a freak accident during a school outing in the Magaliesberg Mountains outside Rustenburg on Sunday.

The parents of Logan Chamberlain, 14, told Beeld they don't hold anybody accountable for the accident in which their daughter, a keen horse rider, died.

There is no reason to blame anyone. They [all on the scene] did absolutely everything they could,” said the girl’s mother, Lizette.

The teen was with 12 other pupils from Ashton College in Benoni and five adults on a hike in the Aasvoëlkransberg outside Rustenburg on Sunday.

The group had lunch at the peak in Retiefskloof at 13:00 and swam in pools.


Logan apparently slipped on wet rocks and fell off the cliff backwards, tumbling between 40 and 80 metres.

A teacher and a parent rushed down to her and found her still breathing but unconscious.

The area in which she fell was inaccessible, making rescue efforts difficult. She died of serious head injuries 15 minutes before rescuers could reach her.

Counselling has been arranged for pupils and teachers.

The teen’s father said his daughter was especially keen on horse riding and would have taken part in a competition on Sunday. “She was also crazy about fishing, camping and adventure and loved her friends and animals.”

Her mother said the family’s lives had been changed forever.

“Nothing will be the same again,” said brother Aidan, 17.

The family were planning to go on the same hike next month to get closure.

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