Hiker's body found wedged between rocks

2012-03-29 11:50

Cape Town - The body of a man has been found wedged between rocks on Chapman's Peak in Cape Town, the province's emergency medical services said on Thursday.

Spokesperson Keri Davids said base jumpers were leaping off Rock Face peak at about 09:40 on Wednesday when they saw the body.

A team of 11 rescuers was sent to retrieve the body, which had fallen about 200m below the peak.

The man, in his 50s, whose name was not released, was wearing hiking gear and was identified using an identity document found on him.

  • Marion - 2012-03-29 12:02

    May he RIP and condolences to his loved ones.

      Rob - 2012-03-29 12:08

      Marion. Jeez you should be a paramedic, you are always " first on the scene. " Seriously now, it is sad when an outing like this ends in death, for whatever reason. I just hope it was'nt crime related, although probably not as he was still wearing his hiking gear. Somewhere, every minute, someone is grieving. RIP & condolances to family & friends.

      Rudie - 2012-03-29 12:30

      @ Rob -LOL agree and you never hike alone .

      Sharon - 2012-03-29 12:32

      I know it is a serious rule when diving as well! Never do it alone.

      roxzanne.sillygirl.jacobs - 2012-03-29 15:22

      This was something he loved doing and died doing it! but thanx to those who saw the meaning this! R.I.P love from a member of his family!

  • Lee - 2012-03-29 12:04

    Glad he was found. My prayers are with the family and friends. RIP.

  • Lance - 2012-03-29 12:17

    Sad story indeed..hiking alone is never a good idea, no matter how experienced the hiker. He might have been alive and wedged in the crevace..a friend could have called for help if one was around. May it be a lesson learnt for all reading. RIP

  • Jabu - 2012-03-29 12:52

    What was he doing there?

      John - 2012-03-29 12:58


  • Robsschele - 2012-03-29 12:53

    Climbing and hiking should not be done alone. Actually for diffirent reasons you should not go out alone. Safety in numbers. Bad to die in such circumstances. You go out to enjoy nature and then you die.

  • Sanet - 2012-03-29 13:53

    who is the TROLL disliking all the comments!

      Douglas - 2012-03-29 17:21

      Thanks for pointing it out, Sanet. Was wondering myself.

      Jayson - 2012-03-30 00:47

      Agreed Sanet. These numbskulls feed off peoples emotions. They have nothing better to do with themselves. Its really sad.

  • Hermann - 2012-03-29 14:27

    What a pity, but shows again one does not go hiking alone in our moumtains.

  • Owen - 2012-03-29 14:36

    Hiking alone is like playing Russian roulette,you never can state that you will come back at any given time,had he have been with other hikers they could have notified the authorities and just maybe they could have rescued him before he succumbed. Lou Corbitt

  • Maurice Kam - 2012-03-29 14:46

    these people never listen, but anyway its a lost already, I can only say RIP

  • roxzanne.sillygirl.jacobs - 2012-03-29 15:25

    This was something he loved doing and died doing it! R.I.P love from a family member!

  • Keith - 2012-03-29 15:50

    This was my cousin Steve, we identified his body today, may he rest in peace.

      Jayson - 2012-03-29 16:18

      Sorry for your loss Kieth. That's really not cool. Hope you and your family find strength in this difficult time.

      Shannon - 2012-03-29 16:22

      Keith, Family and Friends. Sincerest condolences to you all at this sad time. I know it doesn't make the grief any less but from what I read he was a passionate hiker so atleast he died doing what he loved. So many of us could only wish for that. Atleast you have closure from him being found. R.I.P. From one avid cape hiker to another on his next 'journey': He who would travel happily must travel light. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry?

  • Charmaine - 2012-03-29 16:28

    Sadly I think we all sometimes think "It will never happen to me" - Sad all the same hope it was fast and that he did not suffer.

  • bounca363 - 2012-03-29 17:38

    "Between a rock and a hard place" - 127 Hours

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