Tracking company employee saves suicidal woman

2015-08-24 21:09
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Johannesburg - Car tracking companies are better known for finding stolen cars, but a worried Empangeni mother found that they also save lives.

The woman's 29-year-old daughter had gone missing with her car last Tuesday, and she immediately became worried because her child was being treated for depression, and was suicidal.

She notified the authorities and also called her car tracking company, in this case, Tracker.

The company's Wynand Swart set about trying to find her and, using technology and monitoring, narrowed it down to a place in Richards Bay and set off.

"He had to drive from Empangeni. He had an idea where the vehicle might be, so he went straight there and found the vehicle," said the company's operations director Ron Knott Craig.

When he got closer to the vehicle, he realised that the woman was trying to take her own life.

"The vehicle had 'smash and grab' - it's that window tinting - so that the window won't shatter if someone tries a smash and grab," he continued.

He used some of his equipment to break the window and managed to revive the woman. Medics arrived and took over.

"That's what Wynand does, he's a very jacked up guy," he said.

Knott-Craig said Wynand was very proud of what he had done, and had followed up with the woman's mother and had offered counselling.

For the woman's privacy he did not want to elaborate on how she had attempted suicide and would say only that she had not tried to gas herself as some reports had suggested.

"It had a very happy ending," said Knott-Craig.

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