A 29-year-old mother of a baby from Centurion died after her car plunged into Hartbeespoort Dam on Monday night.
The car went off the road and into the dam between the Hartbeespoort snake park and dam wall around 21:00.
According to Arthur Crewe of the Hartbeespoort NSRI, the crew was alerted at 21:00 by the police who requested assistance in rescuing people trapped in a car in the dam.
“The NSRI rescue craft was launched and on arrival, we joined police on the scene of a small passenger vehicle found submerged in the dam. NSRI rescue swimmers were deployed, and a woman was recovered from the wreck. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was performed and all efforts were made to save her, but she was declared dead on the scene.
NSRI rescue swimmers continued to search for a baby that was believed to have been with her. “No sign of a missing baby was found in or around the vehicle and it was later confirmed by the police that the baby was safe at home,” Crewe said.
The vehicle was later recovered from the water. The police have opened an inquest docket.
This is the third time in just over a year that people have died after driving into the dam at the same location. In May a 39-year-old woman died when her car plummeted into the dam near the dam wall. At the time, rescue teams also looked for a baby that was presumed to have been with her. It was later discovered the baby was not with her at the time of the accident.
In July 2020, a man was found dead in his vehicle after a passer-by saw the submerged car in the dam.