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Cape Town hiker rescued after fall

“The patient followed one of the golden rules to rather call for assistance than attempt doing it on your own. This saved his day," said Wilderness Search And Rescue (WSAR) spokesperson Johan Marais.
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Cape Town hiker rescued after fall

A hiker in Cape Town was rescued after falling near the top of the Hiddingh Ravine, below the Smuts track on Friday.

According to the Wilderness Search And Rescue (WSAR) spokesperson Johan Marais, the hiker called for assistance at about 10.35am.

The man indicated that he had lost his glasses after taking the fall and was afraid to continue the trail alone.

He also reported that his cellphone battery was running low.

Marais said the hiker was instructed to wait for the rescue team.

“The team gathered at Constantia Nek from where they were transported with 4×4 vehicles into the back of Table Mountain from where they intended hiking down towards the person’s location,” said Marais.

At about 12.37pm, the rescue team left their vehicles, on the way to the area the hiker was last known to have been located.

The rescue crew found the man at 3pm and were able to reach him at 4pm and assisted him down the scramble where they then walked him to road near the Hely-Hutchinson Dam.

“The patient followed one of the golden rules to rather call for assistance than attempt doing it on your own. This saved his day. Moreover, staying at the location even with a bad signal also meant that our teams could search until they had tested all locations,” Marais said.

More: IOL

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