News24

UK couple missing on mountain

2011-10-02 09:22

Cape Town - Rescue teams are searching Table Mountain for a British couple who went missing on Saturday afternoon, SABC news reported.

The two 28-year-olds went missing in the vicinity of Maclear's Beacon. 

The search was called off on Saturday night, and was expected to continue on Sunday morning.

Comments
  • BigMoose - 2011-10-02 09:47

    Incidents like this are reported far too frequently. Table Mountain is a dangerous hike, even in good weather. Perhaps trails need to be designated and clearly marked with whitewashed stone cairns. Tourists should be given maps and told to report back to the ranger's office by a certain time. Typical tourist behaviour. If they aren't swimming in our shark infested seas, or running around disturbing the elephants and lions in the game parks, they go tromping around our mountains, squashing the fynbos and scaring the puffadders and cobras. Tsk-tsk.

      Janine - 2011-10-02 10:24

      And once again - the guy who got bitten by the shark was NOT a tourist - he lives here.

      leonard - 2011-10-02 11:48

      @BigMoose.....NOT a very nice comment/comments.Bearing in mind that we need tourists big time in SA maybe try being a little more circumspect when next you comment.As they say Sh$t happens when least expected and it can happen to anyone.

      Denise - 2011-10-02 13:10

      I guess just living here makes you a denial expert which is a huge part of our defence mechanism which justifies living amongst some of the most psychotic criminals in the world. Those who do wake up from the utopia of denial usually pack up and immigrate to Australia, Canada or New Zealand where you are more likely to die from old age than a bullet, knife or other home made weapon.

      Coquine - 2011-10-02 13:14

      Reminds me of the tourists who go to Versailles in France and cut pieces off the curtains and scratch their names on the furniture, and those who steal pieces of stone in Roman and Greek ruins ... in other words, tourists do stupid things everywhere, not just those who come to SA.

      So What If.. - 2011-10-02 13:15

      @ Bigmoose. Fitting name! We need the money they spend in SA. Between zuma & co, we do not have anything left and our only hope is for tourists to bring some in.

      Denise - 2011-10-02 13:22

      Wake up, we live in a dangerous country with 50 murders a day, daily violent armed robberies, countless rapes, car hijackings & other violent attacks! Unfortunately there is evidence that can substantiate that South Africa is extremely dangerous. The likelihood of you getting robbed at gun point in South Africa is a betting mans dream the odds are so good. Unsuspecting tourists are sitting ducks for our hardened free roaming thugs. SA is a lawless dangerous hunting ground for hardened violent criminals who will kill you for a cellphone or less.

      HRHQE2 - 2011-10-02 15:51

      I've never been to South Africa and am in no rush to do so. As a rule I prefer to holiday in countries where murder and rape are not part of everyday life. And I know the scenery is great and the climate is similar to that of the Mediterranean, but then again the climate in Italy and Spain is just like the Mediterranean and I don't have to worry about carjackings when I mince around Florence in my socks and sandals. And if it's so wonderful, post-apartheid, why do the Afrikaaners seem to be building a volkstadt in south-west London? So I don't claim to be an expert. However, the experts agree that the country is going down the plughole, and even the biased BBC can no longer polish the turd that is the ANC.

      cuz - 2011-10-02 22:54

      Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha - SABC staff busted over prostitutes in London. Two SABC senior officials were arrested for refusing to pay prostitutes after a hot sex session. They received a R400 000 allowance from the SABC for their trip which they used to splash in clubs and restaurants. Bloggers are having a field day over the scandal. http://mspoliticalcommentary.blogspot.com/ “Pay your license; It is the right thing to do”... Really? Hahahahah Hahahahaha

      Jonathan Farrell - 2011-10-03 14:03

      LOL, scaring the puffadders and cobras....

  • Rusty - 2011-10-02 10:00

    Shut up and stop criticizing people who you know nothing about and you have no information about why they have gone missing. Please deal with hard facts. We don't want to hear about your stupid, uninformed and unsubstantiated assumptions. Thank you!

  • marco - 2011-10-02 10:10

    A lot of Brits being reported on as to what happens to them whilst they out and about in South Africa.I'm in England for a very long while now and I have to say I hardly ever read of any South Africans misfortunes whilst they here in England on any English News forums.Why so much hype when a couple who nobody really knows or cares for get talked about on here?Why do South Africa feel they have to report on every little incident that takes place in your country?Just let it be.Sometimes that is a good thing.

      Rusty - 2011-10-02 10:17

      @marco. It is not "South Africa" reporting. The story is being reported by a news agency - News24.com. If you don't like it, complain to them and not the entire population of the country. Think before you click on "post comment".

      Arcturus - 2011-10-02 10:26

      Marco... Getting lost on Table Mountain does not happen every day, neither are shark attacks a daily occurrence so yes, news like that does make headlines. The fact that the victims are more often than not from UK says something, too. England is a Nanny State and English safety regulations are so strict (a good thing for UK) that Brits are almost over-protected by these regulations. When they are overseas they are not coddled and wrapped in cotton-wool and they have to think for their own safety... but they have lost their own survival instincts - if you CAN walk on Table Mountain then it MUST be safe... if you can swim from the beaches then it MUST be safe. They should be very aware when out of their Nanny State that they have to think for themselves.

      Komasa - 2011-10-02 12:54

      @marco the news media here have to create racial talking points for the dumb stereotypes. It is a case of 'small things amuse small minds'.

      GTA_Lad - 2011-10-02 13:43

      Arcturus, well put bro. Brits lead very sheltered lives

  • bradleep - 2011-10-02 10:23

    They clearly do not watch Bear Grylls! Perhaps we should get him to do a show on surviving on a mountain surrounded by civilization!

      jetman - 2011-10-02 10:57

      Yes, maybe air drop him in thembisa with an awb sign on his back.

  • Janine - 2011-10-02 10:25

    I hope that the couple are found safely. It must have been really cold on the mountain last night.

  • Ian - 2011-10-02 10:30

    the poms again, what a useless nation

      Ian - 2011-10-02 11:00

      sure rusty head whatever moron, pom ass licker

      Anton - 2011-10-02 12:25

      We get more "poms" as tourist here than from any other nation. Many ten's of thousands who work in the tourist industry, depend on them !!! What a "useless" South African you are !!!!!

      leonard - 2011-10-02 12:56

      @Ian.....You have just got to love this country.Now it is white having a go at white,that`s what democracy is all about.Ian,when, and not if, the sh#t hits the fan here,you might just be very thankful for the poms as you call them.Don`t forget now!!!!!!!(ps I am a South African)

      marclan1 - 2011-10-02 16:24

      I see you like metallica and small furry animals...nuf said

  • Zennie - 2011-10-02 10:52

    Why trying something in a foreign country you dont know.Looking for trouble and causes a lot of expenses to find them.Not very bright of them.Still I hope they will be found as well.

  • Jack Turner - 2011-10-02 11:21

    Rusty...stop having a go at BigMoose.....he is 100% right

  • jen - 2011-10-02 11:39

    Am anticipating the anti-SA slant that Sky News will be reporting. They said the shark alarm warning was unable to sound because of a power failure, which is why Mr. Cohen didn't know of the danger. Of course that is not the true story. Same with the Dewani murder when Sky News blared out the triumphant headlines of yet another tourist murder in SA. What about the poor guy (innocent) in Portugal who was accused by a silly woman Sky reporter on Live TV of kidnapping Madeleine McCann, thus ruining his life. Down with Sky News!

  • africanwolf - 2011-10-02 11:49

    Table mountain has very dangerous creatures they are called dassies . when you touch them you vanish Lol :)

  • fussed - 2011-10-02 12:54

    Lost on a bladdy mountain in the middle of a huge city and taken days to find them. What a good hiding place

  • fussed - 2011-10-02 12:59

    "Table mountain has very dangerous creatures they are called dassies" You forgot the worst ones, MP'S

  • Malcop - 2011-10-02 13:02

    Well at least the British aren't burning down the mountain with cigarrettes this time, or annoying shark spotters. Still wasting everyones time though. What is it with these Brits.

  • Coquine - 2011-10-02 13:19

    These things happen to Brits all the time because they are the ones who visit this country in the highest numbers.

  • Saif Islam - 2011-10-02 16:56

    Hope they are found soon!

  • Teppic - 2011-10-02 17:55

    The search was not called off. It continued throughout the night and ended only when the couple were found.

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