Woman dies at AfrikaBurn festival

2016-05-03 14:21
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Cape Town - A woman died after falling out of a vehicle at the popular AfrikaBurn event in the Tankwa Karoo at the weekend, the organisers have confirmed.

Dana Lawless, 52, of Plettenberg Bay, was airlifted from the event on Saturday night, but was declared dead at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town.

"Dana was travelling on her theme camp's art car when she lost her footing and fell under the trailer that it was dragging. Medics were on the scene within minutes and she was stabilised and airlifted off site. Unfortunately she succumbed to her injuries and passed away on admittance at Tygerberg Hospital," AfrikaBurn Creative Lead Liaison Monique Schiess said in a statement posted on the AfrikaBurn website.

"AfrikaBurn would like to offer our sincerest condolences to her family, camp mates and loved ones," she added.

According to her Twitter biography, Lawless was a tarot reader who lived in Plettenberg Bay.

In a post published on the Seeds for Change Facebook page in 2015, Lawless wrote that she had gone from being married with children and working in the corporate world to living in a forest, working full-time as a tarot reader, and taking up hula hooping.

"I do what I want and never wake up for an alarm, unless I’m going on holiday. I’m now using my god given talents of tarot and healing instead of what they told me in school.... I love spreading the word, showing people that you can have a different life," she wrote at the time.

AfrikaBurn describes itself as a "community of participants who come together to create art, burning structures, costume, performance, theme camps, music, mutant vehicles and much, much more". It is based on the Burning Man festival in the US. Now in its 10th year, an estimated 13 000 people attended this year's event on a private farm in the remote Tankwa Karoo from April 25 to May 1.

A request for further comment from AfrikaBurn organisers went unanswered on Tuesday.

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