Colleen Crossley

Colleen Crossley, 73. (Photo: SA People)

DIRCO steps in to assist distressed SA woman in Germany

The elderly mother is said to have suffered a mental breakdown.

Colleen Crossley

Colleen Crossley, 73. (Photo: SA People)

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has come to the aide of SA citizen, Colleen Crossley who had gone missing in the German city of Frankfurt.

According to SA People, the 73-year-old was scheduled to start a “Highlights of Bohemia” tour which included a tour of Berlin, Warsaw, Budapest and Prague. She left Cape Town on Friday, August but failed to link up with the rest of the touring party.

Colleen Crossley’s traumatic ordeal in Germany

Instead, she was found by airport police two days later wandering around Frankfurt Airport “dazed and confused” without any of her possessions.

She was taken to hospital where she discharged herself before being taken back in the following day.

Her Johannesburg-based son, Seth Blaise managed to locate her luggage, and also tried to get assistance from DIRCO, without much success initially before eventually making a breakthrough.

“I have been in constant contact with DIRCO and made the payment for the required Emergency Travel Certificate (ETC). The Embassy will send someone to Frankfurt to do the necessary. We are still trying to get a diagnosis and possible discharge info from the hospital.”

According to Blaise, his mother suffered a mental breakdown and has a history of an anxiety condition.

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DIRCO swoops in to assist Crossley

DIRCO issued out a statement on Wednesday saying they have been in contact with both Blaise and the hospital where Crossley was admitted.

“Mr Baise has been in direct contact with our Consular Services and the Embassy in Berlin since Monday, 13 August 2018.

“The embassy is in contact with the hospital. Once Crossley is fit to travel, the embassy will assist with the issuance of emergency travel documents.”

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