Lion’s Head Cape Town

On Saturday the 06th of April 2019 at 18h25 the Peninsula Wilderness Search And Rescue (WSAR) was activated after a caller reported that an injured hiker was stuck near the summit of Lion’s Head.

WSAR teams who were at the tail end of their rescue standby shift at the Cableway Charity Challenge at Platteklip Gorge Table Mountain, were asked to respond to service this call. The Metro Rescue Mobile Incident Command vehicle, Logistical support 4x4s and Rescue Mountaineers were part of this response.

A medical doctor who happened to be hiking nearby came across the incident and remained with the 25 year old local male while relaying information to the Incident Commander who was stationed at the Staging Area where the trail begins on Signal Hill road. A rapid Response team consisting of Metro Medical Rescue Technicians, Rescue Mountaineers and Rescue Climbers were the first rescuers to reach the scene, and on arrival, they were able to confirm that the injuries were of a serious nature.

A helicopter response was not possible as the sun had already set. The hiker was packaged into a stretcher after which a lengthy manual carry out ensued. The recovery was of a technical nature which involved multiple lengths of rope and specialised climbing and rescue gear being used to lower the patient down very steep cliff sections of the mountain.

The operation lasted approximately 6 hours where the stretcher was carried to a 4×4 vehicle in which the patient was driven off the mountain. An awaiting ambulance transported him to a medical facility for further treatment.

WSAR would like to wish the gentleman all the best for his healing process.

WSAR also thanks the off duty member of the City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services for assisting with the operation after he had spotted the activities at the Staging Area.

Kalk Bay mountains Silvermine East

On Sunday the 07th of April 2019 at 10h13 the Peninsula WSAR was activated after a caller had reported that a dog had become stuck in a cave within the Slivermine East Nature Reserve section of the Table Mountain National Park.

The Metro Rescue Mobile Incident Command Vehicle, Rescue Mountaineers and SANParks Visitor Safety Patrollers had responded to the area of the Kalk Bay mountains via Ou Kaapse Weg. Shortly after the first Rescue Mountaineer had arrived at the parking area of the reserve, the SANParks team who had already been dispatched into the field, reported that they had managed to free the dog. All responding resources were then stood down.

WSAR urges the public to please:-

  • be extremely cautious when descending any stage of a route
  • please carry at least one operating cell phone in your party
  • have your dogs on a leash at all times

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


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