Body of missing hiker found near Cape Town

2012-11-06 10:36

Cape Town - The body of a missing hiker was retrieved from a deep gorge in the Bainskloof mountains on Tuesday morning, the Western Cape health department said.

Emergency services spokesperson Keri Davids said a rescue team spent two hours getting the body out of the 250m gorge, located on the Wellington side of the Bainskloof Pass.

The discovery followed three days of intense searching across the mountain range, with between 30 and 79 people combing about 500 hectares of rocky and steep terrain.

The man was staying with friends at a lodge on Eerste Tol and went for a walk at around 18:00 on Saturday. He did not take a backpack or refreshments with him. According to the authorities, the man was an experienced hiker.

The Cape Times on Tuesday named the missing man as Robert Barclay, 23, who ran several safari camps in Botswana. It also reported that several ace trackers from Botswana were being flown to Cape Town to assist in the search.

  • tristan.kilian - 2012-11-06 10:48

    My thoughts are with the friends (Kirsten) and family. I was praying he was found alive...

  • piercemepretty - 2012-11-06 10:55

    May he RIP. :(

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-11-06 11:07

    Tragic.. my thoughts and prayers are with his family...

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-11-06 11:39

    OMG, I mourn so for his parents. His mum had it all over face book. Dear dear........hugs our kids....

      patrick.mbense - 2012-11-07 08:31

      May the people who dislike comments like this burn in hell!

  • chelsea.owens.771 - 2012-11-06 11:53

    Condolences to Robert's family and friends. Thoughts are with you.

  • herman.lategan.3 - 2012-11-06 12:06

    Terrible, terrible.

  • tanziquinn - 2012-11-06 12:06

    This is such a tragedy , my thoughts are with his family and friends during this very hard and sad time :( may he Rest In Peace...

  • ronaldo.marques2 - 2012-11-06 12:18

    He was a great guy, who will be missed by all that knew him RIP Rob

  • ronaldo.marques2 - 2012-11-06 12:39

    Rob was really a great guy! he will be missed by all that knew him... RIP

  • lance.elliott.3914 - 2012-11-06 15:10

    ....and we spend all our lives worrying about if we are saving enough for retirement..

  • jeannette.hille - 2012-11-06 16:21

    So sorry for this sad sad news. Karin, Mike and family, you are all in our prayers.

  • nadine.hugo.3 - 2012-11-06 17:24

    I am so sorry :( May Robert's friends and family find the strength to get through this challenging time. RIP xo

  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-11-06 22:45

    Ai siestog man... Condolences to his friends and family. What a waste of a young life.

  • kyle.buitendag - 2012-11-07 07:48

    RIP buddy

  • patrick.mbense - 2012-11-07 08:31

    RIP Robert. Died doing what you enjoyed and being in nature!

  • kobus.greyvenstein1 - 2012-11-07 10:27

    It is very sad to see that such an experienced hiker fell to his death. Our thoughts are with his close relatives, family and friends.

  • mammone.tau.5 - 2012-11-08 08:32

    My Baby boy would be turning 1yr in 2weeks. I cry a million tears for every parent who looses a child. A heartfelt Condolences to Family and friends. What a tragedy.

  • mammone.tau.5 - 2012-11-08 08:32

    My Baby boy would be turning 1yr in 2weeks. I cry a million tears for every parent who looses a child. Heartfelt Condolences to Family and friends. What a tragedy.

  • hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-12-21 16:32

    Sad, NOT the way for the family & friends to spend the Holiday season. Mishaps come so easy and unexpected. We should always treasure every moment we have with loved ones.

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