Nursery Ravine Table Mountain
On Friday the 19th of April 2019 at 12h35 the Wilderness Search And Rescue (WSAR) was activated after a caller reported that a hiker had suffered an ankle injury close to the top of Nursery Ravine above the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Rescue Mountaineers, Metro Medical Rescue Technicians and SANParks Visitor Safety Patrollers were dispatched to the Hely Hutchinson reservoir in a 4×4 vehicle via the management road from Constantia Nek to service this call.
The female patient was aided by her hiking partner to the point where the Nursery Ravine trail meets the Bridle Path management road. Here she received treatment for a severely sprained ankle after which she was driven down to Constantia Nek.
After no further assistance was required, the lady left via private transport. We wish her a speedy recovery.
Platteklip Gorge Table Mountain
On Sunday the 21st of April 2019 at 17h36 Wilderness Search And Rescue (WSAR) was asked to respond to Platteklip Gorge after a group of hikers called after experiencing difficulties. They were unable to proceed further down the trail.
Multiple teams consisting of Rescue Mountaineers, Metro Medical Rescue Technicians and Logistical support crew made their way to Tafelberg road along the front face of Table Mountain. A stretcher and other rescue equipment were carried half way up the gorge to reach the location of the stricken party.
After spending a full day on the mountain, the intention of the hikers were to descend via the Cable Car. Unfortunately for them, the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway (TMAC) had suspended their service due to the gale force winds at the time. The hikers had no other alternative but to walk down the mountain with Platteklip Gorge being the obvious route.
On arrival, the rescuers treated the two male visitors (32 and 35 years old) from the Northern Cape for dehydration, fatigue and a troubling knee from a previous injury. After they had their energy levels replenished, the Medics found an improvement in the condition of the hikers after which they were deemed well enough to be walked down the gorge with the aid of the rescuers.
The operation which extended into the night was concluded at 21h34, and after no further assistance was required, the gentlemen left via private transport. We wish them a speedy recovery.
WSAR urges the public to please:-
be cautious when negotiating descents as this is when most ankle and knee injuries occur
take the fitness levels and abilities of those in your hiking party into account when planning routes
check whether the Cable Car is indeed operational before planning to make use of it, up or down
remember that the Cable Car service can be suspended at anytime during the day due to strong wind or any unforeseen reason
save the number of the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway (TMAC) for updates 021 4248181
WSAR is a volunteer based organisation.
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.