Missing UK couple found

2011-10-02 14:24

Cape Town - A British couple who went missing on Table Mountain were found in good health on Sunday morning, a Western Cape health department spokesperson said.

Darren Francis said the couple, both aged 28, were reported missing around 15:00 on Saturday in the vicinity of Maclear's Beacon.

"They spent the night on the mountain. When they were found on Sunday they were both in good health, but were suffering a little hypothermia."

Members of Wilderness Search and Rescue treated the couple at the scene. They then walked two hours "back to civilisation", Francis said.

  • LGH - 2011-10-02 14:56

    Good news! The Search and Rescue guys are heros as usual (for no reward!)

      Janine - 2011-10-03 11:41

      What kind of idiots give this comment a thumbs down? Please identify yourselves and give us your motivation instead of hiding behind your computer keyboard.

  • LBS - 2011-10-02 15:26

    So glad, be more careful in future now! This is Sunny S A !!!

      GTA_Lad - 2011-10-02 16:16

      Brits aren't used to living outside a nanny state that worries about their health and safety for them

      Tuesday G - 2011-10-02 16:28

      @GTA_Lad: Why? Life is already so full of doom and gloom - can you not find one positive thing to say? At least be happy that what could have been a tragedy, is not.

  • leonard - 2011-10-02 15:32

    Very very pleased they are safe and sound.Enjoy the rest of your stay in South Africa.Stay safe.

  • KarooOstrich - 2011-10-02 15:44

    Glad to hear they're safe, but it could have been a disaster. We often used to go up Table mountain when we were youngsters + found that the weather can change very quickly there, even in summer. Never underestimate Table mountain because you'll come off second best. One mistake up there could prove to be fatal.

  • annie.kalahari - 2011-10-02 18:19

    Why is it that all the foreign tourists now seem concentrated only in the Western Cape? Whatever happened to those wonderful inland tourists spots such as God's Window?

      PeterVJ - 2011-10-02 18:56

      Annie-SA Tourism centres all it,s marketing around the Western Cape and as a consequence,it appears most foreign travel agents target that market.In addition to this,The Cape is perceived to be the safest option.I am forever saying that i don,t think our KZN Tourist folk are doing enough to market what we have to offer(outside of central Durban).

      Wendy - 2011-10-03 07:45

      DA rules there. HAHAHAHAHAH

  • Komasa - 2011-10-02 20:45

    They walked back to civilisation?

      Geraldene - 2011-10-02 21:11

      @Komasa - I agree with you, but would imagine the report's vocabulary is limited :)

  • Zabro - 2011-10-03 07:51

    I was part of the WSAR rescue team in this case and would like to point out that it's a regular occurrence that people taking a walk on Table Mountain get caught by the clouds which move in very quickly, dropping visibility and temperature radically within minutes. Once you're stuck in the clouds, the wind chill effect is severe especially when he wind is blowing. Tourists especially don't know this, but even locals often get into trouble. Please save this number for Metro Rescue for any emergency: 021 937 0300. Also take water, warm clothing and some energy bars if you're hiking in the mountains and remember that cellphone coverage is limited up there.

      Helen Schultz - 2011-10-03 09:22

      you do great 'work' - it is a comfort to know you guys are around for us ordinary folk!

      Janine - 2011-10-03 11:42

      Good advice and thanks for the great work that you guys do.

  • barkers - 2011-10-03 10:07

    Table Mountain claims more lives than any other mountain in the world. Probably because it sits in the middle of our beautiful city. Do not underestimate it. EVER!! TOURISTS BEWARE!

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