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21 10, 2018

Emergency calls for night searches.

2018-10-23T10:01:52+00:00October 21st, 2018|Metro Rescue, SANParks, SAPS, Search, Table Mountain|Comments Off on Emergency calls for night searches.

Back Table. On Saturday the 20th of October 2018 at 19h36 WSAR was activated by the Western Cape Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for an overdue hiker in the northern section of Table Mountain National Park. It was reported that the hiker was last seen at approximately 13h00 before splitting up from the party which had [...]

14 10, 2018

Mountain rescues, Table mountain.

2018-10-23T10:03:41+00:00October 14th, 2018|AMS, Hiking, Rescues, SANParks, Search, Table Mountain|Comments Off on Mountain rescues, Table mountain.

On Saturday the 13th of October 2018 at 12h43 WSAR was activated by the Western Cape Emergency Medical Services for a mountain rescue call on Lion's Head in the northern section of the Table Mountain National Park. Because of the nature of the call the Air Mercy Service rescue helicopter, which is contracted to the [...]

12 10, 2018

Lost hiker Table Mountain.

2018-10-23T10:05:57+00:00October 12th, 2018|Hiking, Metro Rescue, SANParks, Search, Table Mountain|2 Comments

On Thursday the 11th of October 2018 at 19h39, WSAR was activated by the Western Cape Department of Health to respond to an incident that was reported. A hiker who was descending Nursery Ravine in the northern section of the Table Mountain National Park, had lost sight of the path, and was unable to orientate [...]

3 10, 2017

Extreme Temperatures catch hiker off guard

2017-10-03T08:47:08+00:00October 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+00:00October 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

2018-01-02T09:30:30+00:00October 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+00:00June 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+00:00February 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+00:00August 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, [...]