A German hiker survived a fall from a steep section while climbing the popular Lion’s Head trail on Tuesday morning.
Rescuers lauded for saving German hiker from Lion’s Head trail fall
The 35-year-old hiker was part of a group ascending Lion’s Head when he lost his footing above the last pine tree on the trail.
Eyewitness accounts indicate he fell about 10 metres before a fence halted his descent, preventing further injury. Two American doctors, who were also hiking the trail, and their guide were the first to reach the injured man.
They promptly dialled the emergency number 021 937 0300 to summon help.
Responding to the emergency call, a team from Wilderness Search And Rescue (WSAR) collaborated with the Western Cape Department of Health and Wellness EMS/Air Mercy Service (AMS).
The rescue helicopter flew to the scene and lowered medical personnel near the hiker. After assessing his condition, they treated him on the spot. He was then secured in a stretcher and hoisted up to the helicopter.
Once airborne, the helicopter transported the hiker to a nearby landing zone.
From there, a Netcare911 ambulance took him to the hospital for further evaluation and treatment. The entire incident concluded shortly after 09:00
David Nel, a spokesperson for WSAR, took the opportunity to caution hikers as the weather improves.
“Lion’s Head sees a traditional rise in the number of call-outs as summer approaches,” Nel said.
He advised hikers to exercise caution, be patient, and stick to the trail for their safety.