WSAR rescues injured tourist near Maclear’s Beacon

Posted on 5 May 2023 By Lisa Abdellah

Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) was back in action on Wednesday afternoon after a tourist injured himself near Maclear’s Beacon.

According to WSAR, teams were dispatched to the lower cable station shortly after 4pm when a foreign tour group reported that one of their members had injured himself.

The 28-year-old had slipped while walking back to the upper cable station from Maclear’s Beacon.

He was unable to continue further, and a call was made to the emergency number.

A rescue team was transported to the top of Table Mountain on the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway and quickly hiked to the patient. He was treated on scene and placed into a stretcher.

The terrain-taming stretcher wheel was again put to good use, allowing the team to quickly carry the injured gentleman back to the upper cable station.

The team and patient were transported down the mountain in the cable car.

‘We’re mindful that many visitors will not know our mountains, gorges and valleys as well as locals,’ said WSAR spokesperson David Nel. ‘It’s an honour to support the Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town tourist safety programmes.’

‘We again appeal to anyone venturing into wilderness areas to be cautious as the trails are still wet and very slippery in places.’

‘We would like to wish our patient a speedy recovery and we hope that he enjoys his remaining time in our beautiful city,’ Nel said.

Photograph: WSAR / Daniel Vorster

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