Two dead in Table Mountain climbing incident

2018-01-01 22:51
People waiting in a queue to be taken down Table Mountain. (Michael Wilcox, Supplied)

People waiting in a queue to be taken down Table Mountain. (Michael Wilcox, Supplied)

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Cape Town – Two people have been declared dead following a dramatic rescue mission on Table Mountain which left more than 800 people stranded for hours. 

A man and two women were climbing Arrow Final on the side of the mountain when they are believed to have fallen. 

"[The] bodies will be secured to the cliff and Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) will commence bringing those bodies down" once all the visitors have been brought down, WSAR's Johann Marais said.

Shortly after 22:15, Marais said the sole survivor, a woman, was being brought down by the cable car. 

READ: Several tourists stranded on Table Mountain

She was joined by rescuers and the first group of members of the public who have been stuck on the mountain for more than five hours as the cable car was used to access the climbers. 

Marais said, once the woman is taken to the ground, the remaining visitors will be safely brought down the mountain. 

He estimates that all visitors will be brought down by 11:30.

"We thank the public for understanding the predicament and the reason why we had to call for the assistance of the cable car," he said.

- An earlier version of this story stated that two men died. It later emerged that the deceased were a local man and foreign woman.

                     Climber stuck on Arrow Final, Table Mountain. (Image: Skymed via D Tromp)

      People waiting in a queue to be taken down Table Mountain. (Image: Michael Wilcox, Supplied)

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