PICS | Woman who fell 4m at Kloof Gorge waterfall in Durban rescued in 4-hour effort

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Rescue workers carry the injured woman to safety.
Rescue workers carry the injured woman to safety.
PHOTO: Supplied by Netcare 911

A 52-year-old woman who fell four metres onto rocks at the Kloof Gorge waterfall in Durban on Sunday has been airlifted to hospital in a serious condition after a gruelling four-hour rescue operation.

According to Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst, paramedics responded to the incident at 10:24.

"Reports from the scene indicate that a 52-year-old woman had lost her footing and had fallen approximately four metres onto the rocks below," Herbst said.

A multidisciplinary team set out on a long hike down to where the woman was located.

"Once on scene, [she] was found to have sustained serious injuries and was treated on the scene by a Netcare 911 emergency care practitioner."

Rescue workers at the end of their four-hour rescu
Rescue workers at the end of their four-hour rescue effort.
Supplied PHOTO: Supplied by Netcare 911
The woman in the specialised stretcher
The unnamed woman in the specialised stretcher.
Supplied PHOTO: Supplied by Netcare 911
Woman being loaded into a helicopter ambulance
The seriously injured woman being loaded into a helicopter ambulance.
Supplied PHOTO: Supplied by Netcare 911
Woman flown to hospital in helicopter
The woman is flown to hospital after a four-hour rescue effort.
Supplied PHOTO: Supplied by Netcare 911

"Once stabilised, [she] was carried by the team of rescuers using a specialised stretcher and a rope-rescue system to ascend the steep uphill.

"The mission to bring the patient to a rendezvous point took just under four hours," Herbst said.

She was then loaded into a Netcare 911 helicopter and flown to a specialist facility.

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