The body of a 53-year-old man was recovered from Lion’s Head following a fire on the mountain on Sunday 20 June 2021.
Wilderness Search and Rescue received reports that a person had fallen on Lion’s Head on Sunday night, however the fire had made rescue efforts impossible.
The man’s body was found on Sunday night and certified deceased.
It was then recovered and airlifted from the mountain on Monday morning.
A resident who tried to help following the incident on Sunday evening, Collins Ngonidzashe told the Cape Argus that he joined two guys who had descended the steep slopes in search for the body.
“When the first guy found him, he advised that the person was dead and had a broken neck, but later said he was alive when he finally got to him. I would go up and down to give updates to the guys who were calling the emergency services. Eventually, I couldn’t go down further because I was causing loose rocks to trickle down the mountain,” said Ngonidzashe.
He explained that the people who saw the man jumping said that he took off his shirt and shoes and jumped off the edge like he was jumping into a pool.
Table Mountain National Park management closed the Lion’s Head section of Table Mountain until further notice because of non-compliance with Alert Level 3 lockdown regulations on 6 June.