‘Flying Ant’ has fallen

2018-11-23 16:59
Anthony Allan also had a great love of paragliding.

Anthony Allan also had a great love of paragliding.

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Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch (HBNW) called on residents to light candles in honour of their beloved late Anthony “Flying Ant” Allen on Wednesday 14 November.

Allen died from serious injuries he sustained on Tuesday 13 November while paragliding from Leeukoppie in Llandudno.

According to Ineke van Huyssteen, ER24 spokesperson, paramedics found the man lying on the front verandah of a house.

“The man was found to be in a critical condition, and his vital signs deteriorated rapidly. Despite the paramedics’s efforts, they were unable to revive him, and he was later declared dead on the scene. The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are not known”

Hout Bay Police Station spokesperson, Tanya Lesch, confirmed the incident and said an inquest docket has been opened.

Allen was a founder of the HBNW volunteer members and patrollers and reportedly played a major role in the community.

His passing shocked many and messages of condolence flooded the community social media pages.

Talking about Allen, Doreen Malan, HBNW spokesperson, said: “Flying Ant will be remembered for his strong involvement as a long-time volunteer in HBNW and as a dedicated supporter to the cause. He was a passionate fighter of crime in Hout Bay. He patrolled Hout Bay regularly both day and night, on foot and with his off-road motorbike. He was always available to train new patrollers and show them the ropes. At one stage he organised a small team of foot patrollers in the Northshore area, naming them the A-team.”

Malan said that over the years, Allan contributed greatly to the safety of Hout Bay in a variety of ways and was often the first to offer assistance.

“Whether it be a car stuck in the sand, a fallen tree or a snake causing alarm in someone’s home.”

Malan said two years ago the Watch awarded Allen with an HBNW Bruce Taylor Award, a trophy named after an Overkloof HBNW member who lost his life in a motorcycle accident a few years ago.

“This annual award is given by popular vote to the volunteer who is felt to have done the most for safety and security in the community.”


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