Missing cavers found at home

2011-12-14 11:28

Cape Town - Two “cavers” who went missing on Table Mountain on Tuesday night have been found at their home.

Cape Town emergency services spokesperson Keri Davids said the team were found "safe and at home, unharmed".

"They were unaware that there was a rescue team searching for them," she said.

The cavers were reported missing at 21:30 on Tuesday after they failed to return to their car, which was parked at the Constantia Nek section of the mountain.

A member of the public had phoned in to report them missing after seeing an empty car in the parking lot.

A team of about 30 rescuers, which included rescue technicians, climbers, cavers and medics, spent the night searching for "missing" group.

At about 08:00 the rescuers found two bags outside the Giant Extension cave in the Wynberg area on the back of Table Mountain.

  • Bardy - 2011-12-14 11:33

    So you stage a rescue mission because of an empty car? People are way to paranoid these days! Like Mickey mouse was a para glider the other day! LOL!

      jowza1 - 2011-12-14 11:42

      they forgot to clock out

      Bardy - 2011-12-14 12:41

      Why all the dislikes??? LOL!

      Merven - 2011-12-14 14:44

      Because you can never be too safe or to relaxed, there is always the possibility that someone might need help. Imagine the newspaper headlines like: Cavers found dead after rescue team did nothing after tip off.

  • Comrade - 2011-12-14 11:41


  • Keighley-Ann - 2011-12-14 11:45

    I don't they left their bags and cars behind and went home...something fishy there or reporting not accurate!

      Matt - 2011-12-14 11:53

      Yeah . . It doesn't make any sense ! !

      Edward - 2011-12-14 12:21

      Yes, these kinds of stories should be published only when the facts are on the table, things don't add up here, there have been many other articles which are published on hearsay even rumor.

      John - 2011-12-14 21:09

      @Azande... huh?? What the hell does this have to do with the DA?? Tal;k about a chip..

  • Pumlani - 2011-12-14 11:47

    Well that was a whole waste of money and personel...oh well maybe the guys got over-time pay!

      Johan - 2011-12-14 14:28

      @Azande. Zuma must account for all the state's wasteful expenditure. But all I hear is silence?

  • David - 2011-12-14 11:50

    ja, only in Kaapstad my bru!

  • Megan - 2011-12-14 11:53

    Something just doesnt add up with this story. Why did they leave their car behind? and how did they get back home? Surely they would have realised that someone might be looking for them? What a waste of man power and resources. They should be billed for the costs of the rescue!

      justin.schonegevel - 2011-12-14 12:31

      well Cape Town weather has just been bad lately, and I guess instead of missioning in the dark for their car they chose to walk towards a means to get home quicker than walk back to their car in the rain. Also if you the only ones hiking and not told anyone, and then you think your car will be fine and you are fine no need to tell anyone? I wouldn't. It was just an over cautious public that alerted the rescue. Which was realy good to see responded! I think this is just a missunderstanding.

      Hendrik - 2011-12-14 13:27

      Exactly my thoughts. Irresponsible actions wasting resources. Some serious "please explain" required from them.

      Garth - 2011-12-14 15:38

      a$$-end: sometimes your posts hint at intelligence and are worth reading - but sadly, most of what you say is anc nonsense and no longer worthy of comment. Bye.

  • Johan - 2011-12-14 12:00

    How do you like this for a communication gap....

  • the_gob - 2011-12-14 12:06

    Was it actually their car? And their bags? It would be rather daft of them to leave their car and bags, given the weather we having in CT atm...NEWS24 at its best again? Great to see the response from the emergency services though. Its reassuring to know they're up to the task, even if it turned out to be a false alarm.

      justin.schonegevel - 2011-12-14 12:33

      well I think they just were too far on the hike to make it back to their car and most probably exited the mountain where they could get home and dry quicker. maybe they lived in Wynberg and thought rather fetch the car in the morning when they dry and awake and light

  • alan.carstens - 2011-12-14 12:27

    Smoking some of Cape Towns finest before a caving expedition is not a good idea....

  • Jocelia - 2011-12-14 12:37

    Two old people needed attention. What people would do for attention.

      Merven - 2011-12-14 14:46

      True, look at Azande.

  • Robsschele - 2011-12-14 12:44

    It's good to see that people care about other. Problem is that the police should have checked the owner of the car. Then they should have checked at the address if the owner is home. Maybe the car broke down and wouldn't start and someone took them home. The car might have been stolen and driven there and then left there. Why just rush of on a rescue mission.

  • Julie - 2011-12-14 13:22

    and authorities won't look for a missing child until the next day?

  • Sean - 2011-12-14 14:35

    Not sure what all the hating is for, but I think the alert public and Cape Town emergency services deserve a bit of credit. Although it was a false alarm, it is easy to see how one would assume there was something wrong. Was it not recently that an elderly person was mugged in that area?

  • Edna - 2011-12-14 15:15

    EWN says "Table Mountain National Parks spokesperson Merle Collins said they were part of a group of four people who initially set out on a walk together on Tuesday. However, the group split up with the other pair heading for a different cave. The two returned safely and alerted authorities when they realised their friends were not back. Collins said the two were not harmed. "The two hikers were found without any injuries and they were escorted home,” she says - two different reports on the same story. so they were missing and have been found and are now

  • Stacey-Ann - 2011-12-14 16:19

    the posts are really funny today - tis the season to be jolly... rule of thumb - rather be safe than sorry - do you think?

  • Brian - 2011-12-14 17:04

    Logical first thing to do is check who owns the car and then go to the registered home address. Only then if no response proceed with rescue mission whilst still keeping contact with police or whoever is monitoring the car owner's address.

  • emiletheart - 2011-12-15 10:16

    I was part of the rescue party and yes it is frustrating when things turn out this way. We are however relieved that the 2 people are fine. That said valuable lessons can be learnt from this. Firstly inform someone of your plans including the route and your estimated time of return. Secondly go well prepared and lastly report back upon your return. Table Mountain is not to be messed with. We are in the middle of summer and still the temperature dropped to close to freezing on Monday night. On a hot day temperatures soar into the high 30's/40's. And as we know these extremes can occur on the same day. Being well prepared when going up the mountain can make the difference between life and death.Lastly put the Rescue services number on your phone. It is 021 979 0300. Keep it safe.

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