Man killed in climbing accident in Cape Town

2020-01-13 20:19
Boyes Drive.

Boyes Drive. (Monique Duval)

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An elderly man in his 70s has died in a climbing accident in Cape Town, on Sunday, paramedics said.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said the incident happened near Boyes Drive on Sunday afternoon. According to the Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA), the incident happened at Muizenberg Crag.

"ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene at 15:00 to find the Western Cape Metro Rescue, Life Healthcare and the Mountain Club of SA already in attendance," Meiring said on Monday.

"[An] AMS Medical Rescue helicopter was called to the scene to airlift several rescuers to the climber while several other rescuers hiked to the patient.

"On scene, medics and rescue personnel retrieved and stabilised the patient. Assessments showed that the man had sustained several serious injuries and was in a critical condition."

"Unfortunately, after a short time, the man succumbed to his numerous injuries," Meiring said.

The MCSA said a ground team hiked up the mountain to perform a rope-based technical cliff extraction where they moved the patient off the cliff face and to a more sheltered area, where the helicopter could fly the patient off the mountain.

Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) sent condolences to the family of the man, who was described as an "experienced climber" who lived in Somerset West.

The details surrounding the incident were being investigated.

*This article has been updated.

- Compiled by Paul Herman

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