Boulders hit Table Mountain parking area

2011-06-07 14:47

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Cape Town - Three boulders fell on a bus parking bay at the lower cableway station at Table Mountain in Cape Town on Tuesday morning, the cableway company said.

The boulders fell at 08:20, before the cableway was opened for business at 08:30, Table Mountain Aerial Cableway said.

No one was injured in the incident.

A witness at the scene who was visiting from Pretoria said she heard a rumbling sound and watched as three large rocks rolled from high up on the mountain.

"We could see the boulders as they hit the grassed area and bounced down towards the road one at a time," Lizette Nel said.

Trees

She said trees planted near the cableway broke the path of the rocks and slowed them down before hitting the road, where tourist buses usually parked.

Cableway CEO Sabine Lehmann said there had not been a rockfall at the lower station since the cableway opened for business in 1929.

"It is an act of God and not something we have had to deal with before... luckily we were closed at the time of the incident and nobody was injured," she said.

"Our priority is to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff... we need to review the erosion at that point on the mountain and to look at ways to reduce all risk to visitors coming to the lower station."

Experts would be called in to inspect the mountainside.

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