Western Cape fireman killed by boulder

2012-02-06 16:08

Cape Town - A fireman was killed when a boulder fell on him while he was battling a blaze between Piketberg and Velddrif in the Western Cape, emergency services said on Monday.

Spokesperson Keri Davids said the man, in his thirties, had been helping fight a four-day-old fire in the Moutonshoek valley on Sunday.

"He was with six firemen and somehow the ground they were on gave way, and three of them fell. He fell about 30 metres and a boulder landed on top of him, crushing him to death."

The other two men did not fall as far and escaped injury. Davids said a rescue team stayed with the men overnight as the weather was bad. They were helped to the base of the mountain on Monday morning.

The fireman's body was retrieved by helicopter and hoisted down to rescuers.

  • Jason - 2012-02-06 16:17

    Terrible news.Prayers to the family concerned.

      stuart.steedman - 2012-02-06 16:44

      Prayer does nothing - it only makes *you* feel good. Want to help? Do as I am doing, and donate toward his funeral service or widow's fund.

  • Marius Koen - 2012-02-06 16:17

    This is realy sad. Deepest condolences to his family.

  • jhavenga1 - 2012-02-06 16:23


  • Grimmister - 2012-02-06 16:29

    Firefighters put their lives on the line for others in the course of their work. When a firefighter falls in the line of duty, he is given honors during a funeral, including the solemn "Last Alarm" fire bell. Many years ago, a ringing fire bell indicated a fire. The firefighters donned bunker gear and headed out to fight the fire. After the fire was over, the station rang the bell three times, indicating the task was done. Today, this last bell rings three times after the funeral of a fallen firefighter, symbolically representing the end of the firefighter's duties. I know...I have rung that bell too many times for my colleagues..

      Rosie - 2012-02-06 16:46

      Sincere sympathy to ALL Firefighters and to their families. People do their work with passion is allways to leave us first. Regardless of the lost of lifes people do what they love most. Be strong is all i can say. Words might not be of comfort now but, we must be strong.

      John - 2012-02-06 17:15

      My sincere condolences on the loss. A Fallen Hero.... And who is the one that dislike the posts above? Don't worry. People that run into a fire when you run out will still go in Blaze for you....they don't count your tumbs up or down.

      Hendie - 2012-02-07 19:51

      Thank you for the explanation of the ringing of the bell Grimmister. I am a Communication Consultant who has a Fire Fighting company as a client and appreciates your comment. These people put their bodies on the line for other people and their property and they deserve all the respect and compassion possible. Eventhough this Fire Fighter was not from our company, a loss like this is felt by all in this business.

  • Janice - 2012-02-06 16:37

    Too terrible for words... so so sorry.

      Janice - 2012-02-07 07:39

      Who on this earth would give my comment a thumbs down? Surely only a satanist!!!

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-06 17:11

    Tragical happening- gave his life for the community.

  • Marie Engelbrecht Williamson - 2012-02-06 17:51

    This is indeed very very SAD and a huge loss to the family! Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and all his loved ones in this difficult time. Just know he gave his life to ensure that others remain safe and that he will forever be a hero in those people's eyes! Stay strong please.

  • Evelyn Pistorius - 2012-02-06 19:58

    This is truely tragic. I think it must be a honour to die in the line of duty. May his family find comfort knowing that he died saving other peoples lives.

  • Hendie - 2012-02-07 19:54

    Just saw the television interview with his wife. She is extremely brave and strong - I assume just as her husband was.

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