Teen slips on wet rocks, falls to death

2013-02-20 09:09

Pretoria - A teenager fell to her death in a freak accident during a school outing in the Magaliesberg Mountains outside Rustenburg on Sunday.

The parents of Logan Chamberlain, 14, told Beeld they don't hold anybody accountable for the accident in which their daughter, a keen horse rider, died.

There is no reason to blame anyone. They [all on the scene] did absolutely everything they could,” said the girl’s mother, Lizette.

The teen was with 12 other pupils from Ashton College in Benoni and five adults on a hike in the Aasvoëlkransberg outside Rustenburg on Sunday.

The group had lunch at the peak in Retiefskloof at 13:00 and swam in pools.


Logan apparently slipped on wet rocks and fell off the cliff backwards, tumbling between 40 and 80 metres.

A teacher and a parent rushed down to her and found her still breathing but unconscious.

The area in which she fell was inaccessible, making rescue efforts difficult. She died of serious head injuries 15 minutes before rescuers could reach her.

Counselling has been arranged for pupils and teachers.

The teen’s father said his daughter was especially keen on horse riding and would have taken part in a competition on Sunday. “She was also crazy about fishing, camping and adventure and loved her friends and animals.”

Her mother said the family’s lives had been changed forever.

“Nothing will be the same again,” said brother Aidan, 17.

The family were planning to go on the same hike next month to get closure.

  • Natzi - 2013-02-20 09:19

    Rest in Peace sweet angel, may God look over your family and comfort them

  • Sulette Behnke - 2013-02-20 09:25


  • Karyn Du Sart - 2013-02-20 09:28

    Liz , Theunis

  • francoisengelbrecht1 - 2013-02-20 09:38

    How terrible. Condolences to the family.

  • Phae Rayden - 2013-02-20 09:41

    Condolences to the family. What a tragic accident whilst having so much fun, and respect for accepting, not demanding to find and apportion blame on someone or the school.

  • T13000000 - 2013-02-20 09:47

    Logan you will be sorely missed.

  • ruth.vanzyl - 2013-02-20 10:02

    And it goes on and on and on. Deep condolences to yet another family

  • - 2013-02-20 10:06

    Ah, this is so sad. Life is precious. Rest in peace Logan. Condolences to the Chamberlain family.

  • andrew.coakley - 2013-02-20 10:12

    Condolences to the family on the loss of your little girl and sister. May she rest in peace.

  • staceylee.ohagan - 2013-02-20 10:17

    How unbelievably tragic. RIP and prayers and strength to her family and friends x

  • Sue-rita Fortuin - 2013-02-20 11:04

    sorry for your loss mr and mrs chamberlain.

  • rory.n.price - 2013-02-20 12:37

    So sorry to hear, no parent should ever have to bury a child, my heart goes out to you

  • Devin Carrihill - 2013-02-24 21:47

    RIP* sweeti may you never be forgten Condolences to the family :) she will never been forgoten

  • Cynthia Smith - 2013-09-09 09:22

    How absolutely tragic to lose a child. It's a horror I hope I never have to live through. My deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the parents and Logan's friends.

  • Shelley Jennings - 2013-09-09 09:44

    RIP :'( So tragic!!

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