Man dies in Chatsworth cliff fall

2011-05-09 00:00

PARAMEDICS from Netcare 911 and the SA Police Force recovered the body of a man who plunged 10 metres to his death off the side of a cliff near Welbedacht in the Chatsworth, Durban, area at the weekend.

Netcare spokesperson Chris Botha said it appears the man was walking along the mountainside when he fell over the edge the cliff, landing on a ledge some 10 metres below.

Rescuers were called out to the scene soon after 7 pm on Saturday.

In order to get to the body they had to travel along an off-road track to a river bank, cross the river on foot and use rescue equipment to climb to the ledge where the man lay.

“Tragically they found he had died due to the nature of his injuries,”said Botha.

He said specialised equipment was used to lower the body down the cliff before it was carried across the river to where the vehicles were parked.

The man’s death will be the subject of police investigation.

The identity of the victim, believed to be in his thirties, is still unknown.

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