Cape Town woman hospitalised after falling 10 metres from Lion's Head

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  • A Cape Town woman fell 10 metres from Lion's Head.
  • Wilderness Search and Rescue said a team of three paramedics and a SANParks ranger were deployed to the scene. ER24 paramedics joined them later.
  • The rescue took about two to three hours in total.

A 33-year-old woman sustained moderate to serious injuries after she fell about 10 metres while hiking on Lion's Head on Wednesday. 

Wilderness Search and Rescue spokesperson Johann Marais said the woman fell in the vicinity of the first ladder on Lion's Head.

He said a team of three paramedics and a SA National Parks (SANParks) ranger was deployed. Logistic and mountain operatives were told to be ready to provide further assistance.

"The medics reached the patient by 20:48 and reported that she had suffered head injuries and mentioned that she was concussed. They immediately attended to her with a view to stabilising her. It took them more than an hour to stabilise the patient and together with two more teams, to place her in a stretcher before they commenced carrying her down the mountain," Marais added.

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At around 22:00, the team reached a point where they had to use ropes in a belay procedure to lower the patient in the stretcher.

"They were down on the road by 23:00. The patient was taken to hospital, whereafter our teams had a debrief prior to standing down. We wish our patient a speedy recovery."

ER24 paramedics who arrived at the scene at around 20:00 said they were met by Metro Rescue, Life Healthcare and Wilderness Search and Rescue. 

According to ER24 spokesperson Ineke van Huyssteen a team of eight people went up the mountain to where the woman was lying.

"The team had to carry her down, up until the stretch of road leading towards the mountain, where a vehicle brought her down to the awaiting ER24 ambulance."

She added that the rescue took about two to three hours in total.

The woman was treated at the scene before she was taken to Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital.

ER24 urged people to be cautious while hiking.

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