Horror as British tourists killed when car plunges 75 feet off bridge in South Africa


South Africa: British tourists have been killed after the station wagon crashed into the river (Image: JAMIE PYATT)

The two married couples have been travelling to an airport to return to England and had simply pushed up South Africa’s well-known 450 mile Garden Route from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. Three of the 4 Briton’s have been extremely revered Christian charity bosses and the opposite was a senior trainer at elite £17,000-a-year Christ Church Cathedral School in Oxford, Oxon.

Former clergyman Peter Harris, 67, who arrange the worldwide charity A Rocha together with his spouse Miranda, 66, was the one one of many group to outlive together with driver Thando Kalipa.

Both are essential however secure after being rushed to St George’s Hospital in Port Elizabeth after being pulled nonetheless respiration from the wreckage of their semi-submerged station wagon.

Peter’s spouse and mother-of-four Miranda was killed together with their shut mates Chris Naylor, 58, who’s the Chief Executive officer of A Rocha and his scholar spouse Susanna, 54.

The foursome had been having fun with a 10 day mixed journey and dealing vacation in South Africa visiting A Rocha discipline teams as properly as taking outing to get pleasure from wildlife safaris.

They had begun the journey house when their double cab Toyota station wagon and baggage trailer was in collision with a Chrysler Neon as they crossed the Swartkops Bridge.

South Africa crash: Peter Harris and his wife Miranda

South Africa crash: Peter Harris and his spouse Miranda (Image: JAMIE PYATT)

The two autos have been travelling in the identical course over the 2 lane 300m bridge when it’s thought a gust of wind blew the British automobile’s trailer right into a car driving alongside them.

The ensuing impression flipped the station wagon with the terrified Harris’s and Naylor’s inside over the crash barrier and plunged it 75 feet into the river beneath smashing onto its roof.

Fellow motorists deserted their automobiles and rushed down the embankment and helped by locals waded out into the chest deep water and pulled all of the occupants from the automobile.

Tragically mother-of-three Susanna Naylor who’s Head of Science at an Oxfordshire prep faculty and a former charity employee with A Rocha and her husband Chris have been useless.

Friend Peter Harris who survived was a former English trainer at £36,000 a yr Christ’s Church faculty in Horsham, Sussex, and a former Anglican clergyman based mostly in Liverpool.

His spouse Miranda helped him arrange the A Rocha charity – which implies “The Rock” – which opened their first discipline examine conservation mission in Portugal 36 years in the past in 1983.

Their worldwide Christian organisation has unfold to over 20 nations together with the USA, Brazil, South America, the Middle East, Australia, Canada and Africa and relies in the UK.

The charity has an revenue of £5m a yr from authorities grants, belief funds, donations and church buildings and calls itself an “international network of environmental organisations with a Christian ethos”

The charity has 145 staff and a worldwide community of 850 volunteers and is looking for out new nations to work in.

The Harris’s had spent their life since 1983 rising the charity and shifting around the globe with it selling its work dwelling in many alternative nations earlier than settling down once more in the UK.

Among their many tasks are the Captive Elephant Welfare Programme in India, the Atewa Forest Project in Ghana, the Kenya Bird Map Project and serving to deal with the fires in the Amazon.

They stay in the village of West Lavington, Wilts, in a home chosen to be near the properties of their four grown up youngsters.

Victim Chris Naylor of Oxford, Oxon, is a former science trainer who holds a Masters Degree from Cambridge University who joined the charity in 1997 and was appointed CEO in 2010.

His sensible scholar spouse Susanna earned an MA in Medicine at Cambridge University the place she met him then moved south to graduate with a BA in Clinical Medicine at Oxford University.

She then graduated with an MA in Advanced Educational Practice on the Oxford Brookes University which enabled her to change into a trainer and she or he married college sweetheart Chris in1987.

The devoted couple had been married for 32 years and after each gaining their levels moved overseas to Kuwait to change into academics however fled after Iraq’s Saddam Hussein invaded in 1990.

When the struggle was over they returned to Kuwait then moved across the Middle East instructing in Jordan and Lebanon earlier than returning to the UK in 1997 to hitch up with the A Rocha charity.

However, Susanna missed instructing and have become Head of Science at Kitebrook Prep School in the Cotswolds and had simply moved to the identical submit at Christ Church Cathedral School when she was killed.

The historic boys faculty was based by King Henry VIII in 1546 and supplies choristers for English cathedrals.

The 4 greatest mates who had identified one another over 25 years have been being pushed to the airport by a driver from the Kuzoko Lodge in the Addo Elephant National Park close to Port Elizabeth.

They had spent two nights on the 15000 hectare recreation reserve which boasts the Big 5 of lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant having fun with day by day recreation drives and strolling safaris.

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Susanna Naylor, 54, and husband Chris Naylor, 58, who both died in South Africa

Susanna Naylor, 54, and husband Chris Naylor, 58, who each died in South Africa (Image: JAMIE PYATT)

They have been on the quick drive to the airport when tragedy struck on the 300m lengthy bridge over the Swartkops River beneath.

Eastern Cape Department of Transport spokesperson Khuselwa Rantjie stated the accident occurred at 11.45am on Monday and a case of culpable murder had been opened.

The three victims have been pulled from the wreckage and declared useless on the scene by a health care provider and the 2 survivors have been stretchered again as much as the street and rushed to hospital.

A Rocha International spokesman stated: “Peter and Miranda Harris, co-founders of A Rocha, and Chris Naylor who was our CEO and his spouse Susanna have been concerned in a horrific car accident in South Africa.

“Miranda, Chris and Susanna didn’t survive. Peter and the motive force of the car are being handled at an area hospital and are in a secure situation and we await additional information.

“Above all, their households and mates are held in our prayers. We know that this comes as a profound shock to everybody in the A Rocha Family and to many others around the globe”.

An A Rocha member in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, the place they’ve a centre and who requested to not be named stated: “I met the 4 of them final week they usually have been great folks.

“They stated they have been on a dream vacation though it was additionally a working journey they usually stated they have been ending it with a visit to the Addo Elephant National Park to see the Big 5.

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“The co-founder Peter stated he was nuts on wild birds and stated he was trying ahead to photographing them at Addo and advised me there have been over 400 species dwelling wild there.

“I can’t imagine that three of the nicest folks have been taken from us like this and I’m praying for Peter to outlive. These folks have been all religious Christians dedicated to God.

“It can really make you wonder when people like them are taken from us in such tragic circumstances and we are all saying prayers for their children and friends in the UK” she stated.

A spokesman for Kuzuko Lodge the place the 4 had stayed expressed their condolences to the 2 households concerned.



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