Devils Peak Table Mountain
At 13h32 on Tuesday the 16th of June 2020 Wilderness Search And Rescue (WSAR) was called by a hiker who reported that he could see someone about 300 meters below him, who seemed as if he was off route and struggling to regain the path.
The caller who was close to the summit of Devil’s Peak in the northern section of the Table Mountain National Park, was asked to maintain a visual on the person while rescuers were dispatched the southern end of Tafelberg road along the front of Table Mountain.
Fortunately for the lone trail runner, he was able to find his way back onto a path and made his way down Mowbray Ridge to reach the Contour Path at the King’s Blockhouse above Rhode’s Memorial. Here he was met by SANParks Visitor Safety Patrolers who gave him a First Aid check before driving the gentleman back to his vehicle.
After no further assistance was required, the rescuers who were well on their way to search for the trail runner, were asked to divert to a second call that was reported to Metro rescue Control.
WSAR urges the public and tourists to please:-
- not hike or trail run on your own
- carry a cellphone with the emergency number saved in the contact list
- carry a map of the area of your activity
- inform a responsible person of your intended route and plans
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.
In association with the Western Cape Emergency Medical Services.
WSAR is a member of the International Commission of Alpine Rescue.