Vogelgat Private Nature Reserve near Hermanus

At 13h25 on Sunday the 11th of August 2019 the Overberg Wilderness Search And Rescue (WSAR) was activated after a caller reported that a hiker was overdue from a hike in the Vogelgat Private Nature Reserve Overberg.

Metro Rescue and the South African Police Services (SAPS) responded to the reserve to initiate a search. They were assisted by the SAPS K9 unit and local hikers who searched various routes braving the dark, cold and driving rain. After covering extensive ground without locating the missing person, the rescuers were recalled, with the last team reaching the Incident Command Post at 03h30 the next morning.

At first light on Monday the 12th of August, additional resources from Winelands WSAR, including Rescue Mountaineers, K9SAR unit and Logistical crew were dispatched to continue with the search. The Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) was also deployed to assist with the operation. Shortly after the helicopter entered into a search pattern at the reserve, the 75 year old local male hiker was spotted from the air. The helicopter landed near the summit of Maanskynkop where a Metro Medical Rescue Technician proceeded to examine the gentleman. On arrival, he was found to be unresponsive, and declared deceased on the scene. It is suspected that the hiker succumbed as a result of a medical issue.

The body was delivered to a nearby emergency Landing Zone in the reserve where he was handed over to the Forensic Pathology Services.

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

Cape of Goodhope Section Table Mountain National Park

At 16h04 on Monday the 12th of August 2019 the Peninsula Wilderness Search And Rescue was activated after a SANParks Visitor Safety Patroller reported that a person had collapsed as a result of a medical emergency.

The HEMS was dispatched to the reserve where the SANParks member directed the crew to a location near the lighthouse. A Metro Medical Rescue Technician was lowered from the helicopter to reach the casualty male of approximately 30 years of age. After the patient had received treatment on scene, he was hoisted into the helicopter and delivered to an awaiting ambulance at a nearby emergency Landing Zone. He was then transported to a medical facility for further treatment.

WSAR wishes the gentleman a speedy recovery.

  • The Air Mercy Service (AMS) is contracted to the Western Cape Department of Health to provide Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS)

WSAR urges the public to please:-

  • not walk on your own
  • make sure that a responsible person has been informed of the intended plans of the group
  • call the emergency number immediately when assistance is required

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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