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Crash claims two horses

Road safety in and around Fisherhaven has come under the spotlight again after two feral horses died in a collision earlier this week.

The horses were knocked down on a dark stretch of the R43 close to the Fisherhaven turn-off at approximately 20:00 on Tuesday 3 June.

A firefighter from Kleinmond on his way to report for duty at the fire station in Hermanus sustained slight injuries during the collision. A spokesperson for Overstrand Municipality confirmed that he has since been discharged from hospital and is recuperating at home.

The firefighter’s official car sustained serious damage and was transported from the scene on a tow truck.

A third horse - a yearling - that was seen running across the road at the time of the accident, was found unharmed on Wednesday by members of the Rooisand Horse Watch Team and the Fisherhaven community.

Leanne Dryburgh of the Rooisand Horse Watch says they are shattered by the incident. Dryburgh confirmed that one of the fatally injured horses was wearing a reflector band around its legs. This measure, she explained, was introduced after two horses were killed in separate accidents in April.

“It was designed to improve the horses’ visibility. We worked with a vet to ensure that the bands are not too tight and does not place any pressure on the tendons,” she stated. More horses will be fitted with the reflector bands soon.

The municipality confirmed that possible safety measures were discussed during a meeting with the Fisherhaven Task Team. This includes the installation of street lights, speed calming measures and adequate warning signs.

“We are desperate for cattle grids to be installed and have already identified four sites for this purpose,” said Dryburgh. She added that providing mirrors on certain spots were also suggested to ensure the horses and road users’ safety.

“Speed bumps have already been built on some roads and we hope that more will follow,” said Dryburgh.

The Provincial Engineering Department has meanwhile started repairing the dilapidated fence between Hawston and Fisherhaven.

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