Rescuers winch body up 60-metre cliff

2015-09-07 11:09
(Paul Herbst, IPSS Medical Rescue)

(Paul Herbst, IPSS Medical Rescue)

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Durban - Police search and rescue unit officers and specialised paramedics braved a sheer 60-metre cliff face near Nsuze on Sunday to recover the remains of a man who is thought to have fallen off the edge of the cliff.

Rescue technicians travelled to the rural hamlet in northern KwaZulu-Natal after the remains of the man, thought to have been there for nearly a week, were discovered by a passer-by.

IPSS Medical Rescue spokesperson Paul Herbst said technicians worked with police rescue officers and set up a rope system to haul the body up the cliff.

“Once we had established the location of the body we used vehicles as an anchor point and then set up a rope system to lower ourselves down to the body, load it into a bag and then winch it back up to the top of the cliff,” he said.

“It was a challenging recovery because of the sheer cliff face conditions but after several hours we were able to safely bring the body up to the top of the drop-off.

"The remains were handed over to detectives who were at the scene to conduct further investigations,” Herbst added.

(Paul Herbst, IPSS Medical Rescue)

(Paul Herbst, IPSS Medical Rescue)

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