Above the wreck of the Boss 400 Hout Bay

At 11h49 on Saturday the 7th of September 2019 the Peninsula Wilderness Search And Rescue (WSAR) was activated after a caller reported that their party of four was being stalked by what appeared to be four males. The party which consisted of two local females and two local males, were on a dedicated hiking path just above the high water mark at Maori Bay, north of Duiker Island. This area in the Karbonkelberg is a well known mugging hotspot.

The hikers who had to evade the pursuers, compromised their position at times when they had to move around, including going higher up the slope in order to find cellphone reception.

Multiple services respond to the call, including Metro Medical Rescue Technicians, SANParks Visitor Safety Patrollers with their K9 unit, Logistical support unit, Neighbourhood Watch, private security services, Life Care Paramedics, SAPS and Hout Bay Watchcon. The NSRI, who were dispatched from their Bakoven station using a rapid response semi ridged inflatable craft, were the first of the services to reach the scene which was about an hours walk from the nearest jeeptrack.

They were later joined by two rescue boats from the NSRI Hout Bay Station and the Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS). An NSRI Rescue Swimmer was deployed from one of the boats to the rocky shore in order to establish the condition of the hikers, who by this time had managed to reach a huge boulder at the waters edge.

Once it was confirmed that none of the members of the hiking party required any medical attention, it was decided to extricate them from the shore onto one of the inflatable Rescue Boats. From here they were transferred to the larger Deep Sea NSRI Rescue Craft which safely delivered them to the Hout Bay Harbour Rescue Base.

After no further assistance was required, the casualties were ferried to the Llandudno end of the trail where their vehicle was parked.

Once the operation was completed, SANParks remained in the area and continued to deploy additional Visitor Safety Patrollers and K9s to scan the mountainside.

  • 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:-

  • avoid hiking in known mugging hotspots
  • remember that there are many areas in the national park and further afield which do not enjoy cell phone coverage or reception

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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