Man dies in Table Mountain fall
Kobus Pretorius, Die Burger
Cape Town - A public holiday outing on Table Mountain ended
tragically for two young men on Monday when one of them fell up to 40 metres to
his death and the other one had to be rescued with a helicopter.
Mark Roux, from Claremont and his American friend Henry
Herman from Chicago, Illinois, went walking on the India Venster trail on
Monday morning when Roux fell to his death.
The two men had decided to veer off the track and to
climb up against the mountain said police spokesperson Captain Frederick van
Wyk on Monday.
"The deceased slipped and fell to his death. He
died on the scene due to multiple injuries."
According to Kevin Tromp of Wilderness Search and
Rescue, Roux fell about 40m.
"The two men for some or other reason decided to
leave the footpath and started climbing up against the mountain. They got about
40m before one of them slipped and fell."
Tromp said the deceased was wearing hiking shoes while
his friend was wearing flip-flops.
"The friend, who was trapped on a ledge and
couldn't get up or down, was first taken to safety with a Skymed helicopter. Afterwards
the helicopter went back to remove the body."
Table Mountain National Park spokesperson Merle
Collins on Monday described the incident as a tragedy.
"We suspect the two got lost or deviated from the
path, but that has not yet been confirmed."
The India Venster route is known as one of the most
dangerous walking trails on the mountain. Several people have died on or near
the route over the years.
Collins emphasised, however, that none of Table
Mountain's hiking routes were dangerous if people stayed on the trail.
Collins said people should take the necessary
precautions when they hike on the mountain.
"Hikers should ensure they are wearing the right
clothes and shoes when they go hiking. Enough water and an emergency number, should
you get into trouble, are also essential."
stay on the trails, it is very easy."
- Collins also said a 42-year-old American tourist fell
on the first ladder on Lion's Head on Saturday. He was taken to hospital with
serious injuries. His condition was stable.
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