WATCH | Body of Hilton man who jumped to his death at Howick Falls recovered

Pietermaritzburg emergency workers spent more than five hours at the Howick Falls on Tuesday recovering the body of a 66-year-old Hilton man who committed suicide.

The incident happened just before noon on Tuesday.

The Witness was told that the man was allegedly battling depression.

Mark Winterboer, director of Midlands EMS, told The Witness that the man’s body landed on a protruding rock about 150 metres from the top.

When The Witness arrived at the scene on Monday afternoon, locals had gathered at the tourist site watching as the Pietermaritzburg police Search and Rescue team along with Midlands EMS emergency workers worked tirelessly to recover the body.

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Emergency workers prepare to glide down the Howick Falls waterfall to recover the body of a Hilton man.PHOTO: Moeketsi Mamane
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Emergency workers prepare to glide down the Howick Falls waterfall to recover the body of a Hilton man.PHOTO: Moeketsi Mamane

Despite the drizzle and mist, two rescue workers, were seen gliding down the rocky wall, just next to the waterfall, to recover the man’s body.

Winterboer said after the two rescuers got the man’s body, they had to lower him down into the water, then had to swim across the water with him.

He said the family stayed at the scene until his body was loaded onto the mortuary van.

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