Family rescued from Paarl Mountain

2012-04-30 14:22

Johannesburg - A family of six has been rescued from Paarl Mountain, in the Boland, Western Cape emergency services said on Monday.

"The family was found along the hiking route close to the waterfall. They were fine, just a bit cold," spokesperson Keri Davids said.

The father, his two boys and three girls, all under the age of 12, went for a hike on Sunday afternoon, she said.

When it became too dark for them to turn back, the man phoned the local police for help.

Twenty-five police officials, paramedics and mountain rangers searched for the family and found them shortly before midnight.

"They did not require any medical assistance afterwards," Davids said.

The family was guided down in about 30 minutes.

  • Daniel - 2012-04-30 14:28

    EPIC, silly though

      Lyndatjie - 2012-04-30 14:38

      Could have been very tragic though...

  • Shirley - 2012-04-30 14:32

    Good ending! Bad planning!

  • Faizie - 2012-04-30 14:33

    And the father lives to breed again

  • Jackie - 2012-04-30 14:33

    This is ridiculous?! One adult and 5 young kids? Very irresponsible! Brainless in fact?! So they start the hike on Sunday afternoon and then it gets to late to turn round. What a waste of resources.

      lovenergy - 2012-04-30 15:20

      Waste of resources? They weren't planning an overnight hike so obviously they weren't equipped with a flash light. Ever tried hiking your way off a mountain with 5 kids when you can't even see your hand in front of your face? Guess they should have had you with your Bear Grylls bag of magic tricks to save them from freezing, falling or dying instead of phoning the police. Any parent would have done the same in that situation, don't judge him if you haven't been in this situation, any hiker knows how easy it can be to lose your way and end up in a dangerous situation

      Bruce - 2012-04-30 15:43

      They should not have waited until it was too dark to turn around. The father should have known what time it gets dark and how long it took to where they were, so he could work our approximately how long it would take them to get back and give some extra time, particularly with small children in tow!

      lovenergy - 2012-04-30 16:01

      Yes Bruce, I am sure that is exactly what he did, sat down on a rock and waited for darkness to fall. He was more likely trying to find a route out and by sunset realized that they are lost and in big trouble and need help

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-30 14:50

    Did the cops attack you?

      John - 2012-04-30 15:19

      Ah... A brain surgeon in the making....

      Martin - 2012-05-02 16:05

      they refuse to comment out of fear for their lives

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