Missing cyclist found injured in forest

2014-09-09 00:00

A CYCLIST who went missing in the forest area around Hilton on Sunday, was found early yesterday morning after a major search effort.

Brett Fourie, a member of the local cycling community, was found by a friend and fellow cyclist. Fourie left home at around 9 am on Sunday and was expected back home that afternoon.

The alarm was raised when he failed to return and search parties comprising local authorities and members of the cycling community looked for him through the afternoon and evening.

The party only called off the search after midnight. Jack Haskins, from the K9 search and rescue unit, said that it was “quite difficult searching in the darkness of the forest”.

It appears Fourie was then able to make a phone call to a friend, explaining which cycling trail he was on and he was found just before 2 am yesterday. He was taken to a local hospital where he is recovering from injuries.

His wife, Charlene, said he is recovering well. “I would like to thank all those who helped in the search for him.”

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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