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3 10, 2017

Extreme Temperatures catch hiker off guard

2017-10-03T08:47:08+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Rescues|Comments Off on Extreme Temperatures catch hiker off guard

With temperatures rising as summer rapidly approaches, we are urging all mountain users to exercise extreme caution when heading out, no matter which mountain, trail or walk and to take enough water with. This comes after teams extracted a 60 year old female hiker suffering from dehydration on India Venster, Table Mountain during the peak [...]

3 10, 2017

Multiple Mountain calls keep our teams busy as the school holidays start

2017-10-03T08:47:44+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Rescues|Comments Off on Multiple Mountain calls keep our teams busy as the school holidays start

[Table Mountain 30 September 2017] It was a busy day for our Peninsula Unit today with multiple calls being attended to. The first call came in at around 11:00 for a 70 year old male who was complaining of chest pain half way up Suther Peak above Hout Bay. Skymed was activated and inserted a [...]

3 10, 2017

‘Dassie’ the dog’s barks for help lead to unusual mountain rescue

2017-10-03T08:48:21+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Rescues|Comments Off on ‘Dassie’ the dog’s barks for help lead to unusual mountain rescue

[Stellenbosch 21 September 2017] Today members of our Winelands Unit responded to a call slightly different to the normal call outs we receive. For the past two days a dog could be heard barking in the mountains above De Trafford Estate outside Stellenbosch. When the barking continued the dog was spotted using binoculars seeming to [...]

16 06, 2017

Knysna Fires 2017 – Assessing the Damages in the Aftermath

2017-06-16T20:52:41+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Rescues|Comments Off on Knysna Fires 2017 – Assessing the Damages in the Aftermath

Following the devastating fires that took place in Knysna ravaging the town and those surrounding it, destroying vast tracts of land and infrastructure a comprehensive assessment needs to be done In a joint operation led by the Incident Command Post, involving multiple organisations including Wilderness Search and Rescue, an accurate assessment of the damage caused [...]

4 02, 2017

Jonkershoek – Pieke – Two lost Hikers extracted by Skymed

2017-02-04T18:09:48+00:00 February 4th, 2017|Rescues|Comments Off on Jonkershoek – Pieke – Two lost Hikers extracted by Skymed

Around midday On Saturday the 4th of February 2017 the Cape Nature manager for Jonkershoek had a call from two students who had slept in the mountain on Friday night. This morning the Jonkershoek mountain was under cloud and while on their down they got lost.  In the process they got stuck on a ledge [...]

8 08, 2016

Table Mountain – Africa Face – Injured climbing guide and party rescued

2016-10-26T15:12:01+00:00 August 8th, 2016|Rescues|2 Comments

On Sunday around 3pm we received a call from a hiker on the India Venster hiking path, alerting us about a stuck climbing party of three on Africa Face. A technical rescuer and a medic abseiled in from upper cable station and it turned out that the guide of that party had fallen 8 meters, [...]

26 07, 2016

Table Mountain – Front Table – three hikers caught by bad weather, guided down

2016-10-26T15:12:01+00:00 July 26th, 2016|Rescues|2 Comments

A 26yr old female acted as a guide for two Dutch tourists and took them up Table mountain via the India Venster route.  This took longer than they anticipated and by the the time they reached the top of the mountain foul weather and mist had moved in. They did not have warm clothing, rain [...]

8 07, 2016

Jonkershoek – 2nd Waterfall – Fallen Hiker extracted by Skymed after overnight stay

2016-10-26T15:12:01+00:00 July 8th, 2016|Rescues|5 Comments

On Thursday the 7th of July in the evening a 20 year old man was reported overdue. WSAR teams responded to Jonkershoek approx 20:00 and two field teams left for 1st and 2nd waterfall, to find a severely injured patient at second waterfall. It was decided to stabilise the patient and overnight there and to [...]

20 06, 2016

Gordon’s Bay – Steenbras Peak – injured ranger extracted by Skymed

2016-10-26T15:12:01+00:00 June 20th, 2016|Rescues|3 Comments

Around 16:50 today WSAR's duty rescue manager received a call after a City of Cape Town ranger had fallen in the vicinity of Steenbras Peak, south of Gordon's Bay. He had injured his right lower leg causing a deep cut which was bleeding profusely. A medic gave some advice over the phone and they managed [...]

15 06, 2016

Jonkershoek – Three hikers stuck on a ledge. Technical rescue.

2016-07-26T08:55:53+00:00 June 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Jonkershoek – Three hikers stuck on a ledge. Technical rescue.

News coverage on this rescue: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/local-host-of-stranded-us-students-praises-phenomenal-rescue-team-20160614 http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/stranded-us-students-use-cellphone-lights-to-guide-mountain-rescuers-20160613