[Stellenbosch 21 September 2017]
Today members of our Winelands Unit responded to a call slightly different to the normal call outs we receive. For the past two days a dog could be heard barking in the mountains above De Trafford Estate outside Stellenbosch. When the barking continued the dog was spotted using binoculars seeming to be stuck on a ledge. At this point it was uncertain whether the dog was alone or with a potentially injured hiker.
On arrival the team managed to get a visual and proceeded up the mountain to get closer and locate the dog, but soon after departure the dog disappeared from sight. After using ropes to maneuver up and down the cliff face and along the ledges, thoroughly searching every possible hiding spot and finding no signs of the dog or anyone else. The team was about to call off the rescue and head back to the holding point when members monitoring the rescuers spotted the dog again.
After locating the dog on the mountain, rescuers spent sometime earning the trust of a very scared dog before fitting him with a harness which allowed them to safely raise him up the cliff face before carrying him down the mountain. Once safely back at the vehicles the dog, aptly named “Dassie” by the rescue team was rushed off to the vet for a thorough check up and urgent medical care.
We wish our four legged furry friend a speedy recovery and that he is soon reunited with his owners.