Lion’s Head Table Mountain

On Tuesday the 20th of March 2019 at 07h35 the Peninsula Wilderness Search And Rescue (WSAR) was activated after a caller reported that a person in their party had taken a bad fall just below the summit of Lion’s Head in the Table Mountain National Park.

The Metro Rescue Mobile Incident Command vehicle, SANParks Visitor Safety Patrollers, Rescue Mountaineers as well as Logistical Support crew were dispatched to the scene. Some of these members formed a Rapid Response team who hiked up to the location of the casualty in order to provide assistance. On arrival, it was found that a 17 year old male from the USA had fallen approximately 3 to 4 meters while descending from the summit of Lions Head. The resulting injuries had made it impossible for the gentleman to walk any further.

The Air Mercy Service (AMS) Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) which is contracted to the Western Cape Emergency Medical Services was also asked to respond. On arrival, a Metro Medical Rescue Technician and a Rescue Climber were lowered to the patient. Once the patient was packaged  he was hoisted into the helicopter and flown to a temporary Landing Zone (LZ) on the Signal Hill road below Lion’s Head. From here the patient was transported in the helicopter to a medical facility for further treatment.

We wish the visitor a speedy recovery.

WSAR urges the public to please:-

  • be cautious when descending any route in the mountains
  • take extra care when negotiating a scramble section of a route, by only moving one limb at a time
  • be patient when you come across other users of the trails, especially those who are proceeding in the opposite direction to your party



Call 021 937 0300 or 112 for any wilderness or mountain rescue response.


In association with the Western Cape Emergency Medical Services.


WSAR is a member of the International Commission of Alpine Rescue.

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