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Man saves eight year old girl swept away in dangerous waters

Year 1941

Read by Hannan Ali – Supporter, Royal Humane Society

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Meyers, Sidney A., Police Sergeant, South African Police.

Between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on the 16th November, 1941, Police-Sergeant Meyers with his family, together with Lance-Sergeant Snyman and his family, were viewing the Debengeni Waterfalls in the Letaba District, Transvaal, South Africa, when Lance-Sergeant Snyman’s daughter, Martha, aged 8, crossing a stream between the upper and lower fall, lost her balance and was swept down the steep slope of granite towards the waterfall.

Myers grabbed at her, but missed, and the girl was being swept at considerable speed down the 50 ft. slope towards a fall of 20 ft. to the rocks or pool below.

Myers at once dived down the slope in an effort to push her clear but, unable to do so, lifted her clear and threw her on to the side. Unable to stop himself he was swept over the fall, striking a rock just as he fell into a deep pool. Unconscious when he hit the water, the shock restored him sufficiently to enable him to tread water and keep himself up. It was impossible to get out, the sides being of granite.

Sergeant Snyman broke off a large branch of a tree and holding it out, was able to get Myers out.

Myers sustained injuries to the right side of his face, chest and left knee.

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