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Nica Richards
Deputy online news editor
1 minute read
11 Dec 2020
9:10 am

WATCH: Woman gets on roof of Durban hotel in apparent suicide attempt

Nica Richards

Once the woman was distracted, police officers managed to subdue her. She has since been taken to hospital.

A woman can be seen atop the Hilton Hotel in Durban. Picture: Supplied

Early on Friday morning, social media users awoke to a photograph and subsequent videos doing the rounds of a woman on the roof of the the Hilton Hotel in Durban central, KwaZulu-Natal. 

In the video, the woman – standing on the second highest of a series of platforms atop the hotel – is seen gesturing to someone out of camera shot. She repeatedly holds her face in her hands and appears to be crying and emotional. 

A source at the scene, who wishes to remain anonymous, confirmed that the incident did take place and said the woman did not jump. 

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Upon hearing of the incident, Durban Metro Police’s search and rescue teams were immediately dispatched, as well as paramedics. 

The source explained that once the woman was distracted, search and rescue team members managed to subdue her. 

She was then taken to an ambulance, where she was stabilised and transported to hospital. 

It is not yet clear if the woman was a guest at the hotel, or how she gained access to the roof of the building. 

“The wellbeing, safety and security of our guests is our top priority, and we are cooperating with the police following an incident at the hotel this morning,” a spokesperson for the Hilton Hotel told The Citizen.

The Durban Metro Police were not immediately available for comment. 

This is a developing story. Updates to follow as more information is made available. 

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