Woman falls 500 ft to her death from cliff while jumping for a 'perfect picture' taken by husband on birthday
While attempting to get a shot of herself jumping over the sun at Cape Town's Lookout Point, Jolandi le Roux lost her grip and fell towards the bottom of the cliff
In a tragic incident last Sunday, a woman plunged to her death in Cape Town while taking the perfect picture. Jolandi le Roux was celebrating her 31st birthday at a Cape Town picnic spot with her husband Andrew le Roux. While attempting to get a shot of herself jumping over the sun at the town's Lookout Point, Jolandi lost her grip and fell towards the bottom of the cliff. Her body reportedly slammed on a dead tree downhill.
The 33-year old Andrew immediately tried to get to his wife and found a way to reach 100 meters down the cliff. Unfortunately, he found her dead after she had suffered multiple head and body fractures. He couldn't reach her, however, since the cliff was too steep.
When rescuers arrived, it took them about two hours to be able to retrieve her crushed dead body. It was another three hours uphill to get Jolandi's body back to the top.
When the team finally made it to the van on top of the mountainside, the heartbroken husband reportedly thanked them for everything. One member of the rescue team told The Sun, "I thought that was very brave of him considering the complete nightmare they were going through."
Matthew Young, 33, who retrieved the body from the trees said that he had to be swung across to the opposite cliff so he could get the job done and survive. "It is not a nice place to be. The whole mountain is falling apart, literally. It’s ancient crumbling sandstone that breaks off easily. It’s by no means inspiring. Especially in the dark when all you’ve got is a headlamp," said the rock climber and advanced trauma life support doctor.
"Rocks were falling all around me. One of them was as big as a car engine. So we decided to swing me across to the other cliff side."
The first rescuer on the scene, paramedic Henry Barlow, 47, was reportedly very surprised to find the man trying to reach Jolandi down the steep cliff. He said, "He risked his life trying to reach his wife but couldn’t. It was heartbreaking but it would have been suicide to go any further. It was just cliffs and a 60-meter drop to the rocks and sea below us."
The couple had tied the knot in September 2017. They loved outdoor activities like cycling and hiking. It is speculated that the couple reportedly overstepped the metal railings in spite of the warnings put on the Lookout Point. The protective railing is meant to keep tourists from falling off as the rocks on the mountainside are believed to be tricky.