Constantia green belt
On Wednesday the 08th of May 2019 at 11h09 the Peninsula Wilderness Search And Rescue (WSAR) was activated after a caller reported that a hiker had injured himself while walking along one of the popular Constantia green belt trails below Rhodes drive.
Metro Medical Rescue Technicians as well as Rescue Mountaineers were asked to respond to the Klaasenberg section of the green belt on the urban edge in Constantia. On arrival they met up with private paramedics who had reached the male patient earlier. He was found to have suffered a knee injury while negotiating the uneven terrain.
After treatment was administered on the scene he was stretchered to an awaiting ambulance which transported him to a medical facility for further treatment.
We wish the hiker a speedy recovery.
Llandudno Corner above Suikerbossie
On Thursday the 23rd of May 2019 at 10h27 the Peninsula WSAR was asked to respond to assist a climber who had suffered an injury after some rocks dislodged above the area in which his party was ascending.
Metro Medical Rescue Technicians, Rescue Climbers, logistical crew and 4×4 teams were activated to assemble near the crest of the Suikerbossie Hill along Victoria Drive above Hout Bay. The Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) was also dispatched to the scene by Metro Rescue Control.
On arrival at the location of the incident the HEMS proceeded to lower two rescuers to the casualty party. It was learnt that two climbers had suffered injuries and the necessary care was given to them. The patient who had complained of an ankle injury was the first one to be hoisted out and delivered to a temporary Landing zone (LZ) where he was handed over to the awaiting medical crew.
In the meantime the second (more serious) patient was being immobilised and packaged in preparation for the extraction by the helicopter. Once the helivac was complete the HEMS touched down at the LZ where the patient was given more advanced medical care by the ground crew. It was then necessary to transport the climber by helicopter to a medical facility for further treatment. The first patient who had sustained an ankle injury did not require further medical attention.
We wish both climbers a speedy recovery.
Newlands Forest Table Mountain
On Friday the 24th of May 2019 at 17h04 the Peninsula WSAR was activated to assist at Newlands Forest after a trail runner had reported an incident to the authorities at the Newlands Forest Station.
Metro Medical Rescue Technicians, Rescue Mountaineers, Logistical Support, 4×4 crew, SANParks Visitor Safety Patrollers as well as members of the South African Police Services (SAPS) had assembled at a Staging Area below the Fernwood Trail in Newlands Forest.
The location where a 27 year old male was discovered off the path was cordoned off after he was found to be deceased. SAPS and the Forensic Pathology Services (FPS) attended to the scene before WSAR was given the permission to package and carry the person down to the awaiting Metro Rescue vehicle. Once at the forest station the body was handed over to FPS.
Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased.
Devil’s Peak Table Mountain
On Saturday the 25th of May 2019 at 09h39 the Peninsula WSAR was notified of a person requiring assistance after suffering an injury above Woodstock Cave on Devil’s Peak.
Metro Medical Rescue Technicians, SANParks Visitor Safety Patrollers as well as Rescue Mountaineers responded to the end of Tafelberg road. After it was learnt that the patient was stuck on a ledge and complaining of an ankle injury, the assistance of the Helicopter Emergency Service (HEMS) was requested. Here a temporary LZ was secured in preparation for the helicopter. On arrival at Devil’s Peak, the pilot proceeded to position the helicopter so that two rescuers could be lowered to the stricken person.
The hiker was secured in special “nappy harness” after which he was hoisted into the helicopter and delivered to the awaiting ground crew at the LZ.
We wish the hiker a speedy recovery.
Tokai Forest below Constantiaberg
On Sunday the 26th of May 2019 at 11h15 the Peninsula WSAR was activated after information was received regarding Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) that was being administered to a person who had collapsed in Tokai Forest.
Metro Medical Rescue Technicians, Rescue Mountaineers, Logistical support and 4×4 crews were dispatched to the access point at the Tokai Arboretum in the central section of the Table Mountain National Park. From here the rescuers drove along the forest jeep tracks to reach the area known as “level four”. On arrival, it was learnt that a middle aged male had suffered cardiac arrest while mountain biking on a known trail in the company of his party. Members of the party provided first aid and began CPR after raising the alarm.
More than an hour later, and after best efforts were exhausted, the gentleman was sadly declared deceased on the scene by the Metro Medical Rescue Technicians. Members of SAPS reported to the scene in order to do the necessary formalities after which the body was transported down the mountain.
WSAR would like to convey our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
Deer Park Table Mountain
On Sunday the 26th of May 2019 at 11h33 the Peninsula WSAR was asked to assist a person who had injured an ankle.
Metro Medical Rescue Technicians responded in a 4×4 to Deer Park and drove to a point below the location of the patient. The rescuers then walked up the slope on a dedicated path to reach and treat the injured person. After immobilising the person’s foot the medics aided the person to their vehicle at the jeep track.
The hiker who did not require any further attention left via private transport.
- The Air Mercy Service (AMS) is contracted to the Western Cape Department of Health to provide the Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS).
WSAR urges the public to please:-
- consider wearing hiking or mountaineering boots which provide ankle support rather that than running shoes when hiking
- concentrate when negotiating descents as most ankle and knee injuries occur during this phase
- carry a first aid kit in your party
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.