Body of missing hiker found near Cape Town

2012-11-06 10:36
(Robert Barclay via Facebook)

(Robert Barclay via Facebook)

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Cape Town - The body of a missing hiker was retrieved from a deep gorge in the Bainskloof mountains on Tuesday morning, the Western Cape health department said.

Emergency services spokesperson Keri Davids said a rescue team spent two hours getting the body out of the 250m gorge, located on the Wellington side of the Bainskloof Pass.

The discovery followed three days of intense searching across the mountain range, with between 30 and 79 people combing about 500 hectares of rocky and steep terrain.

The man was staying with friends at a lodge on Eerste Tol and went for a walk at around 18:00 on Saturday. He did not take a backpack or refreshments with him. According to the authorities, the man was an experienced hiker.

The Cape Times on Tuesday named the missing man as Robert Barclay, 23, who ran several safari camps in Botswana. It also reported that several ace trackers from Botswana were being flown to Cape Town to assist in the search.

- SAPA
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