Man in deadly Chapman's Peak plunge

2011-07-11 09:56

Johannesburg - A man died after his car plunged over Chapman's Peak, in Cape Town, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Monday.

The car was found far below the road from which it fell on Sunday night, near the water's edge, said Simon’s Town station commander Darren Zimmerman.

The NSRI team approached the vehicle from the sea to get to the injured man, working with Cape Medical Response.

A doctor and a paramedic were airlifted to the scene, where they began treating the driver, who had multiple injuries.

"The patient was extricated from the vehicle and secured into a specialised stretcher [then]... airlifted to the roadway where he was transferred into a waiting metro EMS [emergency services] ambulance," Zimmerman said.

The man later died in hospital. His age and identity were not yet known.

The cause of the accident was not clear and police would investigate.

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  • Roundana - 2011-07-11 10:14

    Chapman's Peak very scary, condolences to the family.

  • Shane B - 2011-07-11 10:23

    Not sure where you get your information from but first on scene was Mark Muller from Hout Bay Volunteer EMS and they dealt with almost everything on scene together with a Metro Paramedic. You should research your facts before publishing an article.

      ilollipop - 2011-07-11 17:15

      It's typical of rescue services to incorrectly claim that they did all the work/rescuing.... That's what gets the headlines and income..

      kimsha - 2011-07-11 19:40

      Is that important???????????????

      Danie - 2011-07-12 07:46

      Shane: It do not matter who helped the man, Unpaid volunteers from the NSRI, paid Metro ambulance & rescue people, helicopter crew Dr & nurses in hospital ; They all tried their best to save him. Good for Mark Muller, he should join NSRI they also unpaid, they would appreciate his help I am .

      winston.mullany - 2011-07-12 08:08

      Shane, I agree with Danie. EMS people do not care who does what on a scene, they don't look for heroics or acknowlegdement of their duties, all they concerned about is saving the persons life. All EMS persons are hero's in my eyes.

      Dom - 2011-07-12 08:40

      Shane you are an idiot! It also did not say that NSRI were first one the scene, simply that they were there.

      Old Man - 2011-07-12 13:42

      @Dom - actually you're the idiot... "The NSRI team approached the vehicle from the sea to get to the injured man, working with Cape Medical Response." The NSRI is a valuable organisation made of highly skilled volunteers. And as a volunteer organisation, it depends on receiving donations from people who feel that the organisation is worthy because of the difference they make. So it may seem that no-one cares who helped the unfortunate victim, but actually it does: the NSRI cares and here's why... If you read that NSRI was running the show and was a team player in trying to save the man's life, then you'd feel positive about financially supporting such a worthy organisation. The truth is that NSRI played a rather minor role in the whole affair. Cape Medical Response were first on scene, but didn't attempt to get to the patient. NSRI members did eventually get to assist with the patient's handling, but not before a METRO paramedic was airlifted to the scene (the doctor remained on Chapman's Peak Drive until the patient was lifted to a waiting ambulance) to take over from Mark - the 1st EMS practitioner on scene. @Danie/@winston - Mark doesn't need to join NSRI - he already serves the local community in providing free EMS through a volunteer organisation who, just like the NSRI, survives on donations. I guess @Shane simply feels that the article is a misrepresentation of the facts & all he would like to see is some proper reporting being done, not just a 1-sided version.

      lingus - 2011-07-18 17:00

      I would like to get in touch with Mark Muller. I'm a friend of the man that died and would give myself closure to see if he said anything and we are all hopeing he was in no pain.

  • BigMoose - 2011-07-11 10:31

    Chappies is very dangerous. The road is extremely narrow in places and some of the bends are very sharp. Condolences.

      JewelZA - 2011-07-11 11:08

      Yet so many people drive as if they're taking part in the Le Mans

  • ANC-FTL - 2011-07-11 10:35

    Chapman's Peak is a easy drive if you drive at the speed limit.

      Liberty - 2011-07-12 02:17

      It's just all the damn cyclists that a headache. Always riding in the middle of the road in groups like they own the damn road.

      Stool - 2011-07-12 07:38

      @Liberty i agree 100% those guys are the problem, get the guy who smashed the cyclists in the tour de france to do some clean up work!

  • Roland - 2011-07-11 10:43

    This is extremely ironic! I guess BMW wins.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-11 10:54

      ...yep, it beats the benz.. ..condolences to the family..

  • biskit - 2011-07-11 10:56

    Chappies should be closed at night

      NewsHoundMe - 2011-07-11 11:23

      This didn't happen at night, Chappies is pretty safe day and night (except of course during rock falls) if you keep to the speed limit.

      biskit - 2011-07-11 11:38

      The car was found far below the road from which it fell on Sunday night, - Hmmmm

      dotty_01 - 2011-07-11 11:51

      why? because people choose to drive like fools? this road is fine, as long as you follow the rules, read the signs and take it easy. just because the roads are full of wreckless fools, you suggest that an ENTIRE road be closed?

      JoeMuhr - 2011-07-11 12:10

      Hahaha. "wreckless" fools, dotty?

      chappy - 2011-07-11 16:29

      Ja we may as well close all roads then considering the annual death-toll and we should probably stop all flights as well, since some planes crash. Oh and let's stop all shipping as well, because they sometimes sink. And while we're at it, let's ban walking, since many pedestrians also get killed.....

      montecristo - 2011-07-11 17:23

      That's why cars have lights.

      Umfubi - 2011-07-11 17:29

      Chappies closed at night? Geez, what next... Chappies was always open 24/7 EXCEPT in very rainy weather if there had been a rockfall. It has since turned into a ridiculous cash machine for the operators - they actually earn more while the road is closed than when it is open, because of the nature of their operating contract. It's bloody ridiculous that the thing became a toll road in the first place. Also: I'm sure that at times people do drive carelessly - but I have used Chapman's Peak Drive thousands of times over decades and normally it is absolutely safe except to the terminally moronic.

      maseratifitt - 2011-07-11 20:07

      Dotty : If all the wreckless drivers wreck their cars, they won't be wreckless anymore. NewsHoundMe : Scary big brother type thinking. One should keep within one's own limits.

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      OZNOB - 2011-07-11 22:06

      sorry if one wants to drive like a kamakaze pilot on chapmans peak one must accept the consequences.the medics did a sterling job by the looks of it

      kseyffert - 2011-07-12 00:05

      No, we all need to grow up. We drive way too agressivly focusing on how quickly we can get where we are going rather than getting there safely. Drive slower, concentrate and turn the damn cell phone off if you can't ignore them!!!

      Mike - 2011-07-12 09:06

      @biskit - read properly - the car was found - get it - found on Sunday night - the accident happened on Sunday afternoon as I heard it on the 5pm 702 new bulletin. Catch a wake up!

      Louis C - 2011-07-12 13:10

      This didn't really happen at night, but rather late afternoon - I actually heard about this first from Twitter on Sunday late afternoon while the sun was still out. The sun sits very low at that time, could be that he was blinded by the setting sun which caused the accident?

  • 1boer1taxi - 2011-07-11 11:05

    Probably oncoming taxi

      AntonKingsize - 2011-07-11 16:20


      Liberty - 2011-07-12 02:27

      Chapmans peak is not on a mini bus taxi route.

      Dom - 2011-07-13 12:29

      Does it matter that it is not a taxi route?

  • Catherine - 2011-07-11 11:06

    I drive this road twice a day - to and from work. Closing it at night would be an inconvenience to those that use it to comuter to and from work and those that abide by the speed limit. It is the same as any other road - speed and drive recklessly and any road becomes dangerous.

      Gore - 2011-07-11 11:25

      Agreed. U should see how the GP number plated cars flies through Capman. I guess its the EBD, ABS etc long list of aids that gives a false sense of being invincible!!

      biskit - 2011-07-11 11:51

      Well maybe allow for permit holder access for residents only after 6pm

      Liberty - 2011-07-12 02:30

      It becomes a nightmare when you commute between Hout Bay and Noordhoek and Chappies closes. A 10km trip then becomes a 60 odd km trip!

      Nic Holmes - 2011-07-12 08:10

      The accident happened at 4pm on Sunday. So it wasnt even due to darkness... The media report has many incorrect details. They sensationalize the details to make it seem worse.

  • vanetia.mentor - 2011-07-11 12:06

    yeah , was at Noordhoek beack yesterday afternoon. witnessed the medics on the scene and the car on the wonder how that happened. condolences to the fam.

  • slojam - 2011-07-11 12:10

    Condolences! Was it a Benz?

  • alicia - 2011-07-11 12:32

    Rest in Eternal Peace, whomever you are. My sincere condolences to the family and friends of this poor man. Whatever the circumstances, he is at Peace now.

  • struth - 2011-07-11 14:29

    This news story is clearly not accurate. The incident was reported on Cape Talk at 6pm yesterday evening. Clearly the accident did not happen at night.

  • Grahame - 2011-07-11 15:29

    SO so sad. RIP. Was more than likely totally preventable. No, for my 2 pence worth as I am quite often at Chappies. I am amazed at the manner in which some people drive without any thought for others. Ferrari’s and other supercars and make use it as though it was their own personal testing track to put their foot flat on certain sections. Speed limits MUST be ENFORCED without any mercy. I don't mind if speedsters kill themselves, but it's others they may also be killed by their stupidity. If we have to pay to use the road, then we have a right to demand that it is safe; they must ensure it is. Grahame

  • AntonKingsize - 2011-07-11 16:18

    Incredibly beautiful, dangerous piece of coastline and road, one of the most breathtaking drives on this planet for sure. Condolences to the family of this man. Tragic accident.

      TSaR - 2011-07-11 16:36

      thats the problem, its so breathtakingly beautiful that you cant keep your eyes on the road.

      Umfubi - 2011-07-11 17:31

      Let me tell you a secret. The road between Scarborough and Kommetjie is even more breathtaking, and at least the Nanny State hasn't gotten their paws on that. Yet.

  • TinaM - 2011-07-11 17:21

    Cape Times said that the police had opened a case of culpable homicide - which means that he had to swerve to avoid someone else (who was speeding/driving dangerously)? If thats the case then I hope they catch the guy - only idiots speed on that road and cause horrible accidents to happen. My condolences to this guy and his family, hopefully they will find out what happened.

      montecristo - 2011-07-11 17:27

      There are cameras all the way along Chappies - not that anybody monitors them - I remember the guy who was robbed and thrown off the edge. His car stood there all night, and not once did Chapman's security patrols think to get out and have a look around - they would've heard him shouting from below. I hope he's subsequently sued them ...

  • TinaM - 2011-07-11 17:23

    check your facts SAPA -

  • Owen Middleton - 2011-07-11 17:42

    Having been on this scene 15 minutes after the plunge, I have to say how proud I am to live in a city with such willing and competent volunteers as well as comprehensive rescue services manned by such dedicated professionals and volunteers. It's a team effort, but special mention needs to be made on the five members of the public who where first on the scene - especially a lady (I don't know her name) who took control of stabilising the patient and making his wait for the professionals as comfortable as possible. Of the proffesionals, certain individuals stood out for me - Mark from Hout Bay (first paramedic on the scene, Shane from Metro, Hugo from WSAR, and the Skymed crew. World class effort guys in difficult conditions. It's of course extremely sad in the end, but everything was done that could have been done. Hats of to everyone involved and condolences to the mans family.

      Rhianne - 2011-07-11 21:34

      I was also on the beach yesterday and felt totally humbled by the moment -the brutal reality of our fragility and impermanence. I was also awed by the efforts of the various rescue teams and ordinary people who sprang into action so efficiently. The response was so quick, and so slick - and also just very human - people doing their very best to help another in a very tight situation. Total commitment and dedication. Impressive - I pay my respects to every man & woman involved - whatever role they played.

      Liberty - 2011-07-12 02:36

      Mark always seems to be the first on the scene when there's a crisis

  • Monique - 2011-07-11 21:41

    This did not happen at dark fall at all, It was about 4pm. Yes certain services are rather forgetful but as someone who works on the road as a medic it is important to remeber that it is not about who treated or who was there first, we are all there for the patients. We are here to help people not brag about what we do! Chappies is a safe road if everyone obeys traffic rules!

  • ian.klopper - 2011-07-13 08:54

    The NSRI has a dedicated media department that releases information on rescues as it goes. The press report as they see fit. Our media department released information from the NSRI perspective. If other organisations feel aggrieved, they should question their own media department why they had not issued a press release. I honestly feel that it is unfair to attempt to discredit the NSRI's involvement in the incident. In all, everybody who contributed did a sterling job and the NSRI has a healthy working relationship with ALL rescue services and would never discredit any of them in the public domain. Please guys, keep it clean. Ian Klopper - Station Commander NSRI 26 Kommetjie.

  • Searge - 2011-07-13 20:46

    Poor bloke, should have driven a BMW. R.I.P.

  • lassie95 - 2011-07-17 11:19

    Roland what is ironic about it? You are an idiot!

  • lingus - 2011-07-18 16:58

    I knew this man, he was a lovely man....he will be missed. Some of you on this forum are very disrespectful...please remember a human being died. How he died, how long it took, who was there makes no difference to his family and friends that he has gone. Rest in peace Edwin xx

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  • Charl Brown - 2013-11-01 07:10

    some of you are missing the point the news reported is never correct to the T

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