Joburg woman in deadly fall was on first date

2015-01-19 08:43

Johannesburg - Just hours after meeting an English man she had only spoken to online, a young Johannesburg woman tragically fell from a cliff to her death at the weekend.

Cheynne Holloway, 21, had walked up to the top of a popular cliff in Northcliff with her friend James Oliver, to look at the view at about 17:45 on Saturday, reported Netwerk24.

Sapa reported a paramedic as saying that some rocks gave way and Holloway fell about 20m down.

A witness, Armand Goosen,  told Netwerk24 that Oliver was taking photographs of the young woman with a view of Johannesburg in the background. He looked down to adjust his camera’s tripod and when he looked up, Holloway was gone.

“Where is she? Where is she?” he was heard screaming helplessly.

Goosen said he and another man had gone down to look for Holloway. When they found her she was only barely alive. Oliver tried for about 20 minutes to give her CPR.

The paramedic was quoted by Sapa as saying that they took over CPR but unfortunately Holloway was declared dead on the scene.

Holloway was the bassist for a band called Burning Blue. Messages of condolences poured in on the group’s Facebook page.

The band wrote: “Our hearts are shattered. The girl everybody loved, our precious friend and more, Cheynne, passed away in a tragic hiking accident yesterday. The most beautiful, shining soul has left us.

“We can't even think right now. There are simply no words.”

  • Ghaalieb Jappie - 2015-01-19 08:48

    How tragic, condolences to the family and friends of Cheynne, may her soul rest in peace

      Derick Majola - 2015-01-19 13:09

      What's with the thumbs down? Some people have no sympathy.

      Wesley Green - 2015-01-20 10:15

      nah Derick, its News24 doing its usual switcheroo. they do it quite often

  • Isabella Rodrigaz - 2015-01-19 08:55

    Condolences to her family....and may I just add that the fact that she was on a first date with a man she met online has very little relevance to anything.

      Logan Parker - 2015-01-19 09:01

      I beg to differ, Isabella...this gives the story more impact, a very emotional edge. This is a very tragic story, but we writers live on this sort of thing. This gave me ideas for several new plots...

      Isabella Rodrigaz - 2015-01-19 09:06

      @Logan, " This gave me ideas for several new plots" I fail to understand your point but than again I'm not a writer....New plots?

      Zeffington - 2015-01-19 10:17

      Logan, this event sounds very much like the old 'take another step back while I get the camera into focus' trick. Just one more tiny step . . . oops! What will the book be called?

  • Chris Du Toit - 2015-01-19 09:12

    isn't it dangerous to give cpr to a living person?

      Marlene Black - 2015-01-19 09:18

      To help keep them alive. No point in giving it if they're deceased.

      Pieter Van Heerden - 2015-01-19 10:06

      You give CPR to a person that had just stopped breathing - when the airway is not obstructed (check first if you did not see what happened). You should not give CPR to a breathing person, or a person that had stopped breathing some time ago.

      Edward Douglas Beesley - 2015-01-19 11:08

      He's right - you give Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation to a person who has no heart beat, i.e. dead. If the heart is beating but they're barely breathing, or not, then you can give supportive breathing.

      Michael Ross - 2015-01-19 12:12

      Firstly, my sincerest condolences to the friends and family of the deceased. To help clarify a little, please note, CPR should be initiated if; * There is no breathing. (check for 5 but no longer than 10 seconds) * There is no pulse. (even if there is gasping of air, which should not be confused for regular breathing) * There is no pulse AND breathing. (even a "clinically dead" person can successfully be resuscitated using CPR if started within a short amount of time, though without quick initiation of proper CPR, the success rate drops drastically) When are you clinically dead? When your heart stops beating and there is no electrical activity (asystole), with no breathing or visible signs of life. Does being clinically dead mean the end? NO! Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation has saved countless lives since it's implementation, and as the techniques for CPR are continuously improved upon by the American Heart Association, many more lives will continue to be saved. General First Aid awareness in South Africa is limited and many individual's lives can be improved by early assessment and access to adequate First Aid treatment. For peace of mind and to be able to save a life, consider signing up for a First Aid (Level 1) course in your area. They are usually very affordable, especially considering the value of someone's life - be it your loved one, family, or a complete stranger.

      Sharon Brown - 2015-01-19 12:22

      I was thinking CPR involves a lot of pushing down on the chest. She fell 20m I don't think it was the smartest thing to put pressure on her chest when she could have broken ribs. Or she could be bleeding internally and the pressure just made it worse.

      Michael Ross - 2015-01-19 12:37

      Fair observation, Sharon, though the key point to remember is "life over limb". Effective respiration requires the presence of at least 3 things: 1x in tact lung, an in tact chest wall, and an adequate supply of oxygen. Even if there are broken ribs or 1x punctured lung, if a person is going to die, it would be better to initiate CPR and potentially keep them alive until paramedics or advanced medical support can reach the scene to help stabilize the patient. In some cases, paramedics can place patients in an induced coma with life supporting ventilators keeping them alive so that they can reach a hospital while preventing further complications, such as swelling in the brain (caused by or resulting in raised intracranial pressure). Withholding CPR is negligent, because nobody has X-Ray vision, and if there is a situation where the only alternative to dying is starting CPR, then rather give the benefit of the doubt, and do what you can to help. :) Again, I would like to urge anyone who wishes to learn more to go for a proper First Aid course to ensure they are able to give CPR safely and effectively. (hand placements, compression-to-ventilation ratio, as well as protective equipment)

      Piete Koo - 2015-01-21 03:26

      Ask Schumacher. He 'survived' aggressive resuscitation.

  • katie.morgan.927758 - 2015-01-19 09:38

    "The online first date" is very irrelevant.

      Michael Ross - 2015-01-19 12:16

      They could have mentioned it to give clarity to the situation, as some friends or family members may not have been aware who she was with and under what circumstances she fell from such a height. Without that information, it would have been easiest to speculate and jump to conclusions which may or may not hold any truth, eg. "who was responsible?". So yes, there is a reason they mention it.

      Robert Bland - 2015-01-19 15:55

      How do you know it's irrelevant? Maybe she fell hard for the guy!

      FU_anthony - 2015-01-19 23:26

      Robert that is in very poor taste.

  • Nkokhi Mluh Mlangeni - 2015-01-19 09:49

    Shame RIP

  • Lee Gomes - 2015-01-19 09:56

    Condolences to friends and family. May she RIP.

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  • Alicia Motsepe - 2015-01-19 10:35

    Heartbreaking. Heartfelt condolences to her loved ones :( May her dearly departed soul REST IN GODS PEACE :(

  • Sheila Algie - 2015-01-19 10:35

    Have been on Northcliff Ridge many times to enjoy the view. Everyone seems to be taking photos and I am thinking that the recent heavy rains could have compromised the rock outcrops? So sad and tragic....

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      James Opperman - 2015-01-20 08:59

      there's more to the alphabet than dots. You do realise a life has been tragically lost and you feel the need to leave a bunch of dots... ? What's your point?

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  • Abraham John Sampson - 2015-01-19 13:52

    RiP dear lady. Very sad.

  • Del Pearson - 2015-01-19 23:41

    Why don't the Parks Department commence putting up fences and encouraging people to keep away from cliff faces. Make them tourist attractions which are safe.

      George Smith - 2015-01-20 10:43

      Can't - Zumbug has stolen all the money for Nkandla et al!

  • Stewart Garner - 2015-01-20 08:31

    news24 reporter must be an idiot on the photograph it states the woman survived a fall.

      Mike Bundy - 2015-01-20 08:53

      That photograph refers to a different story in a different province

      James Opperman - 2015-01-20 09:01

      That's a different story, if you go into the story it's about a lady in Cape Town.

  • Brent Hewett - 2015-03-02 19:51

    She's my cousin so sad she was so talented at everything she did had an amazing voice and could play the guitar so good you will be forever missed I remember sitting around the fire just listing to you jam out R.I.P

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