Actor falls to his death in Drakensberg during fighting scene

13 April 2018 - 15:12 By Jeff Wicks
Police search and rescue divers recover the body of an actor who plunged 40 metres to his death on Thursday.
Police search and rescue divers recover the body of an actor who plunged 40 metres to his death on Thursday.
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An actor rehearsing a fight on a movie set in the Drakensberg plunged to his death when he fell 40m into a river and was washed over a waterfall on Thursday.

It is understood that the 39-year-old man‚ from Centurion in Gauteng‚ had fallen from a cliff at the Sterkspruit Waterfall near Monks Cowl in the southern Drakensberg.

His body was recovered from the pool below on Friday morning.

Police search and rescue divers at Monks Cowl.
Police search and rescue divers at Monks Cowl.
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He has not been named because his family have not yet been notified of his death.

The man had been rehearsing a fight scene with another actor when he lost his footing and fell. Specialised divers from the Search and Rescue Unit and dog handlers arrived in the mountainous region and‚ guided by a search dog‚ found the man’s body.

Once the body had been was pulled out of the water‚ it was hauled to the top of the gorge by rope.

Police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane said an inquest docket had been registered.


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