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Hikers marooned on Karbonkelberg

2012-06-03 22:38

Cape Town - A group of hikers were spending Sunday night stuck on a hiking trail between Llandudno and Hout Bay, below the Karbonkelberg after getting lost.

The NSRI's Bray Geyser said the eight men, aged between 20 and 25, had hiked from the Llandudno Sandy Bay parking area, where they had left their cars.

"It is not clear what they were doing there, they seem to all have wet suits with them," he said.

Geyser said the NSRI had been alerted at about 17:30.

“The NSRI Hout Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Albie Matthews and Nedbank Rescuer I and on arrival on-scene found the men on the shore in good health, but requiring guidance to get out of their predicament.

"At first attempts were made to get them off using our NSRI sea rescue boats, but sea conditions were not favourable.

"As a result, the Western Cape emergency medical services (EMS) and a wilderness search and rescue team were activated."

Gesey said that following a logistics briefing, it was decided that the men should stay there overnight. Emergency supplies were taken to them and they would be lead to safety in the morning.

The emergency supplies, consisting of water, space blankets and food, were delivered by a NSRI rescue boat and floated to the men in water-tight canisters using ropes.

EMS rescue authorities will check in with the men at intervals during the night.

They have been requested to conserve battery power on their cellphones.

"They are not in any immediate danger," Geyser said.
 

Comments
  • Lacrimose - 2012-06-03 23:15

    Wearing wet suits in the mountain? Got to be the CIA, scooped up by fire-fighting helicopter buckets :)

  • AlexWallerSA - 2012-06-03 23:21

    Who needs food, water and blankets? Just throw them a bottle of Jack Daniels and they will be sorted until morning.

      Juan - 2012-06-04 07:29

      No they must learn to drink local, Klippies n Coke

      Klippies - 2012-06-04 09:46

      @Juan - Hey, leave me out of this.

  • ederik.kritzinger - 2012-06-03 23:25

    Poachers?

      Lacrimose - 2012-06-03 23:29

      25yr olds up a mountain with scuba gear and no way home

      Jaco Joubert - 2012-06-04 05:57

      My thoughts, exactly - Ederik.

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-03 23:58

    Heware of Sandy Bay cruisers :P

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-06-04 00:03

    I wonder if their cars will still be there when they get back.

      PumaFred - 2012-06-04 06:02

      Wing nut

      PumaFred - 2012-06-04 06:03

      Wing nut

  • BmanCav - 2012-06-04 00:17

    Well done team. Very technical call. Will do it again with you anyday.

  • nico.loubser.9 - 2012-06-04 06:37

    A friend and I did that route once... and never again. We found it very beautiful but very dangerous.

      nico.loubser.9 - 2012-06-04 06:39

      O, it is impossible to get lost... by the way. SO, more to it then they try to say.

  • Chriskoi1 - 2012-06-04 07:36

    For sure all of you guys did hear that the answer will be OB's that warms the blod that you start to sweat OB stand for Old Brand Shery

  • Fanie - 2012-06-04 07:36

    ...perlemoen

  • Jan - 2012-06-04 10:06

    bunch of morons....

      Ludwig - 2012-06-04 15:32

      Never jump to conclusions!!

  • jade.thomas.jewel - 2012-06-04 12:36

    Firstly they were not poachers. They went on a hike to see one of the shipwrecks, but then decided, after a light lunch, to carry on exploring. 4 hours later they found themselves on a treacherous mountainous cliff and were unable to get back out. They have all arrived safely back home after their real survivor night. With cuts and bruises all over we can thank our lucky stars they weren't hurt.

      Marc - 2012-06-04 13:42

      Yeah, I was one of the 8. There was no poaching or anything untoward. We love Cape Towns nature and love exploring. Wetsuits were there for some snorkeling around the wreck. Massive respect to NSRI for not only talking to us constantly with a great sense of humor, but sending some seriously brave guys to bring us the supplies we needed. Specific mention to Dean who braved cold rough seas to bring us the supplies. Really great effort all around. Big thanks to the whole NSRI team and also Metro for keeping in constant contact.

      Marc - 2012-06-04 13:42

      Yeah, I was one of the 8. There was no poaching or anything untoward. We love Cape Towns nature and love exploring. Wetsuits were there for some snorkeling around the wreck. Massive respect to NSRI for not only talking to us constantly with a great sense of humor, but sending some seriously brave guys to bring us the supplies we needed. Specific mention to Dean who braved cold rough seas to bring us the supplies. Really great effort all around. Big thanks to the whole NSRI team and also Metro for keeping in constant contact.

  • Martin - 2012-06-04 13:16

    they were discovered, not stranded

      bsteudler - 2012-06-04 20:46

      Moron! I happen to know these guys and they are as far from poachers as you can get! if you have nothing worthwhile to say just dont comment!

  • Norine - 2012-06-05 09:01

    We did the same hike on Sunday and were the only other group on the trail. They passed us at about half way (on the way to the wreck) and we chatted to them for a few minutes. Once we got to the wreck we sat and watched them for about half an hour jumping off the wreck. They were really just a bunch of guys having fun. And as far as getting lost - we are NOT surprised. That trail is so overgrown that you really have to search for paths and often make judgment calls to find your way. At points we were leapard crawling to get through the brush. We also got lost and did an hour and a half backtrack at one point. Once again it reminds us to respect the mountain - it could have happened to anyone.I are just glad they are safe and live to tell the tale of their adventure. Thank you NSRI.

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