At 16h57 on Tuesday the 18th of June 2019 the Peninsula Wilderness Search And Rescue (WSAR) was activated after a caller reported that she witnessed a person falling at Lion’s Head.

Metro Medical Rescue Technicians, Rescue Mountaineers and Rescue Climbers were dispatched to Top road which separates the Table Mountain National Park and the residential area of Fresnaye. The City of Cape Town Fire And Rescue Department, SANParks Visitor Safety Patrollers as well as a Community Medics volunteer had already made their way up to the location of the patient by the time the first WSAR responders had arrived. Further information gathered was that multiple persons witnessed the person fall.

On arrival at the location of the accident, the Community Medics volunteer examined the person after which he was unfortunately declared deceased. The body of the adult male, who was estimated to be in his mid twenties, was packaged and placed in a stretcher in preparation for the carry down to the road. The Rescue Mountaineers and Rescue Climbers who had by then reached the scene, attached rope systems at intervals in order to maneuver the stretcher while negotiating the dense vegetation and loose terrain in the dark.

By 20h31 the Rescuers had delivered the body to the Incident Command Post where it was handed over to the Forensics Pathology Services.

The hiker is believed to have fallen approximately 25 meters while attempting a known climbing route. This section is located along the lower slopes of Lion’s Head above Fresnaye. It is further understood that the hiker was on his own and without any climbing gear at the time of the accident. The South African Police Services (SAPS) has opened an inquest docket concerning this incident.

WSAR extends sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

WSAR urges the public to please:-

  • not venture into the mountains on your own
  • engage a knowledgeable person or a mountain guide if you are unsure of the area
  • remember that climbing routes require multiple experienced persons, rope and climbing gear

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.



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