Virginia Keppler
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12 Nov 2016
5:46 am

Search for flash flood victim continues

Virginia Keppler

Her son Hanko Murray, 21, who was with her in the car, tried to grab hold of his mother as the water washed them downstream.

Police were yesterday still searching for the body of Madelien Murray, 40, who went missing after her car was pulled under a low-water bridge into the Apies River in Pretoria.

Her son Hanko Murray, 21, who was with her in the car, tried to grab hold of his mother as the water washed them downstream.

He managed to save himself and ran for help. Hanko was driving at the time of the freak incident. He is now being treated in the hospital.

His uncle, Francois Roux, said he was praying that his sister could still be found.

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“It’s my only daughter. This can’t be true,” said her father, Francis Venter, who stood weeping in the pouring rain, waiting on news from police divers.

The mother and her daughter’s husband, Christo, and AfriForum’s Jaco Loots said they joined the search at 4am yesterday morning, but no body had been recovered yet.

“When they pulled the car out of the river and she was not in it, her husband just broke down. It was devastating,” said Loots.

Tshwane Emergency Services spokesperson Johan Pieterse said the search would continue and searchers have now moved from the Apies River further afield. “Water is rising.

It could take about three days to find the woman,” Pieterse said.

“We are trying our best to find her. We are with the family, it’s very hard on them and on the team searching,” he said