The Wilderness Search and Rescue Western Cape (WSAR) team has seen a recent surge in incidents and urges outdoor enthusiasts to exercise caution when exploring nature. The WSAR has had to respond to five situations in a short period, requiring the aid of both professionals and volunteers.
First Incident: Judas Peak
On Monday evening, three hikers became lost near Judas Peak on Table Mountain. The WSAR team was contacted to assist. They were able to locate the hikers and safely guide them back to their vehicles.
Second Incident: Platteklip Gorge
The following day, a 72-year-old hiker suffered severe cramps in Platteklip Gorge. The WSAR team provided medical attention and escorted the hiker to the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, where they were transported down the mountain by cable car.
Third Incident: India Venster Hiking Trail
While the Platteklip Gorge incident unfolded, a 41-year-old India Venster hiking trail hiker requested assistance due to debilitating cramps. The Western Cape Department of Health and Wellness EMS-Air Mercy Service (AMS) arrived quickly, using a helicopter to transport the hiker to a nearby landing zone.
Fourth Incident: Maclear’s Beacon
Later that day, three lost tourists near Maclear’s Beacon required assistance from the WSAR team. The rescuers located the group and guided them to safety at the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway.
Fifth Incident: Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
On Tuesday night, three exchange students were stranded on a mountain peak in Jonkershoek Nature Reserve. They called the WSAR team for help after two failed attempts to descend before dark. The WSAR team found the students using their location descriptions and safely escorted them down the mountain.
David Nel, a WSAR spokesperson, stressed the importance of caution when engaging in outdoor activities. He reminded the public that rescuers are available throughout the Western Cape to help and assist. Outdoor enthusiasts should save the WSAR Emergency Contact Number: 021 937 0300.
As a donation-dependent organization, WSAR relies on financial support. Those interested in contributing can visit the provided link to donate.