Unstable terrain hampered Lion's Head rescue - official

2016-02-09 11:32
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Cape Town – Steep slopes and an unstable surface severely hampered efforts to rescue a 26-year-old hiker on Lion’s Head, a Table Mountain National Park official said on Tuesday.

The man from Paarl fell 30 metres on Friday evening and died of his injuries before he could be rescued.

Park manager Paddy Gordon said the terrain presented a challenge.

“The patient slipped from his original landing point and the first rescuers on site tried to stop him from slipping further by tying a sling to his arm,” he said.

“Unfortunately they could not extract him because they were unable to get the patient into a stretcher for the helicopter to airlift him off the mountain.”

He said although they would constantly improve footpaths and introduce safety measures, mountain users should also exercise extreme caution.

They extended sincere condolences to the man’s family.

Police spokesperson Constable Noloyiso Rwexana on Saturday confirmed an inquest was opened.

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