Search on for runner missing on Table Mountain

Missing Ken Stephen.
Missing Ken Stephen.
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  • Ken Stephen, 36, went missing on Monday on Table Mountain; an ongoing search has not yielded any results yet.
  • A 16-team search, as well as helicopters, had not been able to find him.
  • The group called for more volunteers to join in and assist the search.

A search is currently under way for 36-year-old Ken Stephen, a runner who went missing on Table Mountain on Monday.

According to Johan Marais, from Wilderness Search And Rescue (WSAR), Stephen's friends alerted their team to a runner who may be on Table Mountain.

"Members of WSAR got together and they, in conjunction with the overdue person's friends, decided to do a search of the contour path and the path down to the blockhouse," Marais said, adding that weather conditions were bad.

Police said he was last seen wearing pink shorts, a dark jacket and black running shoes.

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Marais said Stephen's cell phone had been found, but continued searching yielded no result.

"Shortly after midnight, the teams reported that the missing person's cellphone appeared to be on the Clifton side of Lion's Head.

"Further searchers moved up from a temporary base at Nettleton Road. The search on that side had no result."

The search was called off at 04:00 on Tuesday and resumed later with 16 teams and AMS helicopters from the Department of Health.

"We now have 16 teams deployed all over Table Mountain participating in the search. Skymed, the helicopter contracted to the Department of Health of the Western Cape, had to return to base. It is not certain whether the helicopter will join in the search again," Marais said.

Ken Stephen was last seen on Monday 6 July (Suppli
Ken Stephen was last seen on Monday 6 July.
Supplied SAPS

Currently, Marais said they were waiting for search teams to return and debrief.

A call for volunteers was also posted on social media, asking interested people to meet at the lower cable car on Wednesday at 08:30.

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Police spokesperson FC van Wyk said the search for Stephen was also ongoing.

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