Car ploughs off the pier at VA Waterfront this afternoon

A man died when the vehicle he was driving went over the East Pier of the Port of Table Bay at Cape Town’s  V&A Waterfront this afternoon, 11 August. 

 passenger managed to get out of the vehicle,  believed to be a waterfront maintenance bakkie, and get to shore. A helicopter pilot jumped into the water after grabbing a wheel clamp and smashed a window of the vehicle.

The pilot managed to free the driver but once ashore the driver was confirmed dead by paramedics.

Pat van Eyssen, NSRI Table Bay station commander, said  at 3.21 pm NSRI Table Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority following reports of a car having gone  over the East Pier. “Our NSRI sea rescue duty crew launched our sea rescue craft Spirit Of Vodacom  and Rotary Endeavor.”

The NSRI rescue 4×4 rescue vehicle, V&A Waterfront Security, the SA Police Services, a Police Dive Unit, WC Government Health EMS ambulance and rescue squad and ER24 ambulance services also responded.

The passenger was treated for shock and he has been checked out by paramedics and is uninjured.

“The body of the deceased man will be handed into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services. It is unknown what caused the vehicle to go over the pier into the water.

“Efforts are underway to secure the vehicle and then tomorrow a crane will be brought in to recover the vehicle. Police will open an inquest docket,” van Eyssen added.



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