Jolandi Le Roux, 31, was celebrating her birthday on December 2 with her husband, Andrew, and her family in Cape Town, South Africa. They were at a picnic spot with a lookout point, which is where she wanted her photo taken, according to The Sun (UK). Her idea was for the photo to give the illusion that she leaped over the sun.
When Jolandi jumped for the photo, however, she lost her footing at Chapman‘s Peak Lookout Point. She fell 500 feet. Her body landed on a dead tree, according to The Irish Sun.
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She was reportedly injured as a result of the fall sustaining multiple fractures and she subsequently died from those injuries.
Couple ignore warning signs, crossed barrier
The couple, it appears, ignored warning signs, The Sun pointed out.
They crossed a protective barrier intended to “keep the public off” the cliff, noted for “loose rocks and “slippery gravel.” To further discourage people from going to the cliff, a warning sign, which is posted on the popular hiking trail, reads, Caution! Strong winds and steep cliffs.” The sign additionally advises, “Please stay behind the fence at all times.”
Jolandi le Roux was celebrating her 31st birthday at Cape Town‘s Lookout Point with her husband Andrew, 33, when she tragically plunged down the 500ft cliff edge
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Husband tried to reach wife
Her husband, Andrew, attempted to reach Jolandi, but the “sheer cliffs” made it impossible, according to The Sun. The descending climb was described by the Irish Sun as “treacherous.” Eyewitnesses ed the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).
Recovering body took six hours
Craig Lambinon, the spokesman for NSRI, stated that people reported “a woman who had fallen down a cliff,” according to ABC (Australia). The recovery of Jolandi’s body was described as “a high angle technical recovery operation.” Her father reportedly conveyed his appreciation to the NSRI for the rescue efforts after his daughter’s body was “placed in the mortuary van,” The Sun reported.
Jolandi le Roux was celebrating her 31st birthday with husband, Andrew, at a picnic spot in Cape Town, South Africa, when tragedy struck
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To recover Jolandi’s body, rescuers dedicated approximately six hours – three hours climbing down to her and an additional three hours in the dark and with rain – to return with her to the summit, The Sun explained.
Paramedic shocked to find husband ‘clinging to mountainside’
Henry Barlow, 47, is a paramedic. He was the first emergency responder to arrive on the scene.
He stated that he was “shocked” that Jolandi’s husband was “clinging to the mountainside” trying to save his wife.
Husband and wife familiar with area
Jolandi and Andrew were married on a beach below Chapman‘s Peak in September 2017. The couple frequently “often cycled and hiked in the nearby area,” according to The Sun. Her friends and her family expressed their sorrow and condolences on social media shortly after learning of her tragic death.
Mark Jacobs is the general manager of Entilini Operations, which is tasked with overseeing Chapman’s Peak Drive. Jolandi’s death serves as an important reminder, Jacobs stated, for people to “be extra careful,” regardless of where they travel, and pay attention to warning signs, All 4 Women (South Africa) reported.
Jolandi was characterized by her family and friends as “bubbly” and living her life fully. Jacques de Villiers is Jorlandi’s brother and posted on Facebook, “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
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