Karbonkelberg Hout Bay

At 17h00 on Tuesday the 20th of August 2019 the Peninsula Wilderness Search And Rescue (WSAR) was activated after a caller reported that two hikers were in distress at Karbonkelberg Hout Bay.

Rescue Mountaineers, Rescue Climbers and Logistical support crew responded to Rocket road above Sandy Bay for a search and rescue. The hikers who were just below the summit of Suther Peak overlooking Sandy Bay, found themselves in a situation where they could not proceed any further. They also complained that they were dehydrated and tired.

While the responders were making their way to the Incident Command Post (ICP) at the NSRI Hout Bay base, the hikers managed to find their way up to the summit of Suther Peak and out of danger. After receiving reliable communication from the hikers that they were out of trouble and able to find their way off the mountain on their own, the response was terminated.

Platteklip Gorge Table Mountain

At 17h00 on Tuesday the 20th of August 2019 the Peninusla WSAR was asked to assist an injured hiker just below the summit of Platteklip Gorge.

With the Hout Bay rescue running concurrently, the Metro Medical Rescue Technicians were directed to the Table Mountain call since this one was a confirmed medical emergency. These members were joined by Rescue Mountaineers who reached the Upper Cable Station(UCS) via the Cable Car. From there they hiked over to Platteklip Gorge, and on arrival at the scene of the emergency, a Kenyan female in her twenties was treated for an ankle injury. Her leg was immobilised after which she was assisted and carried to the summit of Platteklip Gorge and across to the UCS. From there the parties descended the mountain in the Cable Car.

Once all were safely at the Lower Cable Station, no further assistance was required. The visitor left via private transport.

WSAR wishes the lady a speedy recovery.

  • The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company (TMAC) kindly assists WSAR during rescue operations when requested.

WSAR urges the public to please:-

  • plan your intended routes according to the abilities of the members of your party
  • carry a Slingsby map in  your backpack
  • consider wearing boots that have better ankle support as opposed to running shoes
  • remain stationary once you have made an emergency call and a rescue response has been activated

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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