Durban - Birthday celebrations turned tragic when twins brothers ringing in their milestone 62nd birthday fell to their death.
The incident took place on Thursday evening in the Chaka’s Rock area on the KZN North Coast.
According to Dylan Meyrick IPSS Medical Rescue and IPSS Search and Rescue responded to a complex in Chaka’s Rock after the collapse of a third storey balcony.
“On arrival it was found that three people had been on the balcony at the time of the collapse and were all in critical condition.
“IPSS Medical advanced life support and medics worked to stabilize the patients.
“Unfortunately, the condition of two of the patients deteriorated. Despite the best efforts of all on scene, both were declared deceased.”
The third patient, a female was transported to a nearby facility under the care of IPSS Medical Advanced life support.
It is believed that the woman was one of the men’s son’s fiancé.
According to the North Coast Courier, the twins and a woman were leaning against a wooden railing to pose for a photo when it gave way and they fell about 15 metre
“Our condolences go out to the friends and family of the deceased,” Meyrick said.
Meyrick said SAPS would be investigating further.
In another incident, a toddler died after falling from a 4th floor apartment on Durban’s North Beach in March 2021.
Shawn Herbst from Netcare 911 said the child fell through the window.
He said when paramedics arrived on scene the child was in a critical condition and had to be flown to hospital.
Unfortunately he succumbed to his injuries shortly after.
*An earlier version of this story reported that the twins were 50-years-old, based on what was told to IOL by paramedics. Paramedics later clarified that they were in fact 62.