Hout Bay Mountains

At 12h47 on Sunday the 14th of June 2020 Wilderness Search And Rescue (WSAR) was activated after a caller requested assistance for a hiker who had suffered a medical emergency while hiking in the central section of the Table Mountain National Park above Hout Bay.

Due to the nature of the incident, the Helicopter Medical Emergency Services (HEMS) was dispatched to insert a Metro Emergency Medical Rescue Technician as well as a Rescue Climber at the location of the patient. On arrival, it was found that the 58 year old local male who was in a small party of hikers, may have experienced heart complications. While the person was receiving treatment from the rescuers, an emergency Landing Zone (LZ) was secured by WSAR members and other services at a nearby location.

After the patient was stabilised, he was placed in a stretcher and hoisted to the helicopter which delivered him to the LZ. He was then transferred to a road ambulance and taken to a medical facility for further treatment.

We would like to thank the NSRI who assisted WSAR in securing the emergency LZ for the operation.
WSAR also 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 and tourists to please:-

  • have the emergency number saved on your cellphone
  • call the emergency number immediately when you suspect that a member in your party may be experiencing medical complications
  • carry a basic first aid kit in your hiking bag

Call 021 937 0300 or 112 for any wilderness or mountain rescue response.

WSAR is a volunteer based organisation.

Our role is to support the Emergency Medical Services of the Western Cape Department of Health. 
We depend on the good will of the public and business for our funding, in order to maintain a 24/7/365 emergency standby.

We do operate in conjunction with state and other professional services, however, the vast majority of our rescue responders are volunteers who receive no remuneration at all.  Our donations is strictly managed by the WSAR Trust.

Please click here if you would like to donate to the WSAR Trust. Thank you.


In association with the Western Cape Emergency Medical Services.


WSAR is a member of the International Commission of Alpine Rescue.