Hiker stumbles upon body at bottom of Howick Falls

2014-12-31 13:23

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Chelsea Pieterse, The Witness

Pietermaritzburg - A hiker visiting Howick Falls in KwaZulu-Natal for the first time was shocked by the gruesome discovery of a body on the rocks at the bottom of the falls on Tuesday.

Pietermaritzburg resident Wesley Croucamp was walking along a nature trail near the bottom of the falls with his family when he decided to get a closer look at the falls itself.

“It was my first time ever seeing the falls, so I wanted to get as close as I could,” he said.

Croucamp left his family and friends at the picnic spot a few metres away, and climbed around the slippery rocks to get to the falls.

“All of a sudden, I looked down and saw this body. I almost stood on it. It was tucked into a corner, so I didn’t see it until I was right above it.

“The body was so broken and bloated, I could not even tell the race or gender of the dead person,” he said.

He called out to his family to phone the police right away and minutes later, paramedics, members of the Howick Police and K9 Search and Rescue Unit arrived on the scene.

With locals and tourists lining the yellow tape cordoning off the area, members of the K9 Search and Rescue Unit prepared for the recovery of the body. Dressed in wetsuits, Sergeant Nolan Wallace and Sergeant Fred Brand carefully made their way down the edge of the falls viewpoint.

Ropes around their waists were attached on the other end to police vans.

The Search and Rescue Unit said they would only be able to give information about the gender and race of the body once it had been examined.

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