Rescue workers descended upon the notorious Voëlklip Lookout point in Herolds Bay on Thursday, January 21 after a car plunged over the cliff. A mother and her two children are believed to have been in the car at the time of the incident.

One of the children, an eight-year-old boy, managed to escape just before the car went down. As a result, authorities scoured the area for the mother and toddler daughter.

The mother’s body has since been recovered from the sea and the search for her missing two-year-old daughter continues on Friday morning [January 22].

“The vehicle rolled and crashed into the ocean while driving along the R404 on Voëlklip Road, Herolds Bay in George. Unfortunately, the mother sustained fatal injuries. The eight-year-old sustained minor injuries,” said Deanna Bessick, spokesperson for Western Cape Emergency Medical Services.

This is the same place where Heidi Scheepers and her two children tragically plunged from the cliff in 2019.

Voëlklip is a notorious zone for fatal accidents, and the viewpoint has even been coined “the cliff of death”. Eight people died in the area from November 3, 2015 to April 29, 2016.

Click here for a timeline on the incidents that have taken place at Voëlklip over the years. 

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Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She is a proud intersectional feminist, and is passionate about actively creating a world which is free of discrimination and inequality.