‘They just stood and watched’

2013-01-07 13:14

While the body of a Cape Town father lay on a ledge on Lion’s Head, hikers walked past taking photographs and tweeting about the fall instead of helping him.

Ibrahim Salie had apparently slipped and fell about 20 to 30 metres onto a ledge while walking with his daughter and a friend, Die Burger reported. He sustained head and hip injuries.

One hiker, 25-year-old Zac, who refused to give out his surname, rushed to help Salie and later expressed his shock at the lack of action from other bystanders.

“It was that I was with him for nearly an hour before paramedics got there. &not a single person came down to us. They just stood & watched, [sic]” Zac tweeted.

“I sat with his body for at least 45 minutes to an hour, waiting for emergency services to arrive while people just looked and took photographs,” he later said.

Zac said a passerby threw an emergency kit down to him but doesn’t know who the person was as they disappeared shortly after.

Although Zac, who had a first aid qualification, tried to feel for a pulse there was nothing.

Another tweeter, @TalyaGoldberg wrote: “Helicopter was directly above us, but has now gone round the mountain, didn’t seem to spot the guy. The father who fell off Lion’s Head passed away but has been removed by air. The guy who fell, two children are in total shock. They saw everything happen.”

A Table Mountain spokesperson said it was the third time in three weeks that someone had fallen on Lion’s Head.

Although he received praise for trying to help, Zac said he was uncomfortable with all the attention.

“People should rather focus on the man and his family. I wish people would rather give that much attention to emergency personnel and police who have to do this kind of thing every day.”

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