Hiker falls to death on Lion's Head

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A man died after hiking and reportedly slipping and falling on Lion's Head.
A man died after hiking and reportedly slipping and falling on Lion's Head.
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  • A man has died while hiking on Lion's Head on Sunday morning.
  • The hiker reportedly slipped on a rock.
  • The body of the man was airlifted off the mountain after rescue teams responded to the incident.


A hiker fell to his death on Lion's Head in Cape Town on Sunday morning after reportedly slipping on a rock.

Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) spokesperson Johann Marais said the team was called out to the incident just after 09:00, after fellow hikers reported the man had fallen.

"WSAR was activated to assist with a call to deploy to the Camps Bay side of Lion's Head following a report that a hiker had fallen and that other hikers could not see the fallen climber," Marais said.

The team was given authority to use the emergency rescue helicopter operated by AMS and contracted to the Department of Health. The pilot collected a paramedic and technical rescuer at the Pinelands rescue base, before flying to the location provided by the hikers.

"When the rescuers reached the fallen person, it was found that the hiker had suffered fatal injuries. The body was packaged, thereafter hoisted out and handed to the forensic pathology department of SAPS," Marais said.

Police spokesperson Colonel Andrè Traut confirmed the incident.

"A death inquest case docket has been registered following the death of an unknown male person who died on Lion's Head [on Sunday] morning at around 09:00 after slipping on a rock. No foul play is suspected," Traut said.


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