The past week was a busy one, during which hundreds of outdoor users were tracked.
On Tuesday evening, a regular hiker, Kosta from Lion500, reported that he came across an injured hiker just below the summit. We put him in touch with Metro Rescue Control, who activated a response.
On Wednesday morning Kosta was out on Lion’s Head again, doing his thing, when he came across a hiker who was suffering from dehydration due to the extreme heat conditions at the time. WSAR, who had already been dispatched to Lion’s Head for an earlier call regarding an ankle injury, was alerted as well.
Thank you, Kosta, for being at hand and assisting with these three mountain calls in less than 24 hours.
On Thursday evening, a party who was being tracked by us at the time, reported that they had seen some “suspicious” men who were hiding, off path. The authorities were immediately notified and they sprang into action. No further details are at hand.
On Saturday morning, a group who had checked in earlier, alerted us to an incident where a member in their party had taken a fall and was badly injured. The Metro Rescue Control call center (021 9370300) was notified, and they subsequently activated the Wilderness Search And Rescue (WSAR) for an immediate response. It was decided that a Casualty Evacuation (CASEVAC) by helicopter was best.
During this rescue, another call came in for a dehydrated patient. WSAR was again activated and the helicopter responded to do the necessary.
We wish the injured hikers a speedy recovery, and we would like to thank our members who volunteered re the upkeep of our tracking service, as well as their time monitoring as the members who responded to the various rescue calls this week.
Be out and be safe.