Brazilian tourist evacuated from Table Mountain in hazardous conditions

25 July 2019 - 11:08 By Dan Meyer
A mountain rescue organisation has urged hikers to stay off Table Mountain in poor weather and to make use registered guides who are duty-bound to ensure their safety.
A mountain rescue organisation has urged hikers to stay off Table Mountain in poor weather and to make use registered guides who are duty-bound to ensure their safety.
Image: Claire Keeton

A Brazilian tourist was rescued and carried down Cape Town's Table Mountain on Wednesday evening after slipping on a wet path and fracturing her leg while hiking on Platteklip Gorge. 

Metro medical rescue technicians, rescue mountaineers and logistical support crews were called out to the incident about 7pm. They located a couple and their mountain guide on a slippery slope. 

The emergency response teams were able to carry out the rescue mission in difficult  conditions. It was dark and heavy gusts of wind and rain hampered their efforts. Ultimately, they were successful. 

"A heavy downpour complicated the rescue effort, and it was necessary to set up rope systems to secure a safe descent of the patient and the rescuers," said a statement by Peninsula Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR). 

"The casualty had her leg immobilised before being packaged into a survival bag to keep her dry. She was placed on a stretcher that was attached to a series of rope and anchoring equipment, after which she was carried down the mountain." 

The woman was taken to a nearby hospital for further treatment.

"WSAR urges the public to please monitor the weather forecasts, stay off the mountain in rainy weather, carry adequate rain gear in the event that your party is caught in the rain, and use qualified and registered mountain guides who are duty bound to ensure the safety of their clients," said the statement.


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