An inquest has been launched into the death of a South African woman who died when she fell down a Cape Town cliff while reportedly jumping to pose for a photo.
- Jolandi le Roux and her husband were married on a beach nearby in September last year
- Signage at lookout warned visitors from getting too close to the edge
- Her family has asked for donations to rescue teams that retrieved her body instead of flowers at the memorial service
Jolandi le Roux was celebrating her 31st birthday with her husband on December 2 when she fell to her death at Chapman’s Peak Lookout Point, located along a popular hiking route.
South Africa’s National Sea Rescue Institute spokesman Craig Lambinon said rescuers were called “following eye-witness reports of a woman who had fallen down a cliff”.
“Sadly she was found to have succumbed to injuries sustained in the fall,” Mr Lambinon said.
“In a high angle technical recovery operation, her body has been recovered and taken into the care of the forensic pathology services.”
In a statement, the rescue institute said an inquest into her death was forthcoming.
Ms le Roux was familiar with the Chapman’s Peak area as she had previously walked and cycled the trail with her husband Andrew.
She and her husband were married on a beach nearby in September last year.
Police have yet to release details about the circumstances leading up to Ms le Roux’s death, but a statement from the rescue institute said she had “slipped and fallen over the edge”.
A report from UK’s The Sun said Ms le Roux leapt in the air while posing for a photo in a bid to achieve the illusion that she was jumping over the sun.
But she lost her footing and plunged down the cliff.
Ms le Roux and her husband were familiar with the terrain as regular visitors to the Chapman’s Peak area. (Facebook: Jolandi le Roux)
Ms le Roux’s husband Andrew tried to reach her, scrambling roughly 100 metres down the steep rockface before he was stopped by a vertical drop.
Rescuers worked for more than three hours to retrieve her body, facing steep terrain, falling rocks and rain when bringing her back up to the top.
Mark Jacobs, the general manager of the company that oversees the popular hiking trail, told South Africa’s News 24 there was clear signage at the lookout, urging tourists to remain behind guardrails.
“Incidents like these will highlight the need for all to be extra careful wherever they travel and, most importantly, to take note [of] signage placed in dangerous areas,” he said.
According to News 24, the lookout’s signs read:
“CAUTION! Strong winds and steep cliffs. Please stay behind the fence at all times”
Signage posted on a fence at Chapmans Peak Lookout Point warns visitors to be careful. (Google)
After Ms le Roux’s body was brought back to the top of the cliff, her father thanked rescue crews for their efforts.
A memorial service was held for Ms le Roux last week, with her family requesting donations to the rescue services that retrieved her body in lieu of flowers.
Ms le Roux’s Facebook profile has been converted into a memorial page.