German tourist rescued after collapsing on Table Mountain

2015-10-27 21:07
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Cape Town - A German tourist narrowly escaped heart failure on Table Mountain after a group of hikers came to the rescue after he collapsed on Tuesday afternoon.

Jasper Mocke, who was leading a group of six, said they came across the man and his friend around 12:30.

"They were halfway up the route. It was really hot, it was about 38°C and by the time we came to the scene, the one guy was just lying there, he wasn't responding to anything."

Four men, including Mocke, lifted the man off the ground and moved him into shade. A medical professor from the University of China in Hong Kong, Dr Shekhar Kumpta, was part of the climbing group and stabilised the man on the scene.

"The doctor said if we hadn't moved him to the shade and turned him upside down [when we did] he would have had heart failure within five minutes, because he was no longer responding.

"He was basically a corpse," Mocke said.

The tourists had apparently arrived in the city on Monday and were passing through on their way to Namibia.

Mocke said when the group arrived on the scene, the man's friend was sitting on a rock in a state of shock.

"That's the thing about Table Mountain. [People] don't realise that it is a mountain. It's not a hike, it's a proper mountain climb."

After giving the man small amounts of water, he regained consciousness and was able to sit up and talk, Mocke said. Within minutes, he was airlifted to a nearby hospital.

The group then continued with their climb.

Temperatures in Cape Town on Monday soared into the high thirties for most of the day.

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