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Injured hiker rescued on Lions Head

2010-12-05 21:29

Cape Town - A 54-year-old female hiker was rescued off Cape Town's Lions Head on Sunday after being injured, paramedics said.

The woman was climbing when she misplaced her footing and fell 6m, ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said.

She sustained a possible broken shoulder and ankle.

Emergency rescue teams had to hike to the woman with full rescue and medical equipment.

"Once the patient had been stabilised, she was placed into a specialised basket and emergency personnel carried her down the rocky mountain path to a waiting ambulance," said Banks.

She was taken to hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Comments
  • manrovia - 2010-12-06 08:03

    Stay off the mountain if you're not fit and young enough to hack it. What a waste of tax payers money.

      jimmy jazz - 2010-12-06 08:37

      has it ever crossed your mind that she is also a taxpayer ? and who says she isn't fit enough to walk Lions Head ?

      Geoff Anderson - 2015-07-21 16:52

      Former Prime Minister Jan Smuts regularly climbed Table Mountain until well into his 80's. Hence the name Smuts' Track starting in Kirstenbosch Gardens

  • Intrigue - 2010-12-06 08:40

    I was up on Lion's Head yesterday when this happened. Half of the people that were hiking with this lady were in slip slops, jeans etc. Not ideal gear! It is not a hard hike, you do not need to have the best, but some closed shoes are necessary! Unfortunately she was one of 3/4 accidents that week, take your time, and check your footing before you give the rescue crews some unnecessary practice!

  • Hendrik - 2010-12-06 09:05

    This is quite worrying, imagine if she broke her neck? And wait for an hour or more till those guys come, and then be carried down again. Isn't there a helicopter on standby for this stuff?

  • Medic - 2010-12-06 10:15

    Listen here people, I was the first off duty Medic on scene. I checked her vitals & made sure she was stable! I contacted ER24 who I work part time for & got them out there within minutes. They then contacted Metro Mountain Rescue who I spoke with & they kept in contact with me the whole time, so they knew her condition. Yes Helicopters were our first option but both were busy on other emergencies. It takes skill to remove an injured patient off of a rocky mountain. You need the right equiptment otherwise you will be running back & forth & there is no time for that. Also @ Intrigue, if you are referring to the one gentleman who was wearing slops behind the rescue team on the way down, it was the injured ladies brother-in-law, so obviously when you get a call like that you are just going to storm out the house not thinking about putting on propper footwear etc. @ Manrovia, this lady climbs Lions Head every weekend if she can (more than you probably do), she actually blacked out for a couple seconds which can happen to anyone YOUNG or old. So before you all throw around your unwelcome comments, think about what you are saying first!!

      Daniel - 2010-12-21 07:30

      absolutely wonderfully said!!

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