A 38-year-old Italian tourist died after he fell from a cliff in Matroosberg Reserve, on the Ceres Mountain Range, Western Cape police said on Sunday.
“The incident occurred on Saturday when two foreigners went to Ceres to enjoy the snow capped Matroosberg mountain range,” Captain Frederick van Wyk said.
“It is alleged the men travelled with their 4×4 vehicle and stopped to take in the scenery. They took out their camping chairs to sit on close to the edge of a cliff. It is further alleged that the chairs slipped on the ice. The one tourist managed to hang on to the side of the rocks, which saved his life, but his friend was not as fortunate.”
The Wilderness and Rescue Unit was notified of the incident by the owner of the Matroosberg Reserve.
The body of the man was taken to the Tygerberg Hospital Mortuary.
The family of the deceased is scheduled to arrive in Cape Town on Monday he said. – Sapa
2nd report:Cape Town – A woman who went with her 7-year-old son and friends to look at snow fell to her death in the Matroosberg near Ceres on Sunday.
Elaine Abrahams, 40, from Claremont fell about 200 metres, according to Didi de Kock, co-owner of the Matroosberg Private Nature Reserve.
Provincial police spokesperson Warrant Officer November Filander confirmed the incident. He said that according to information received by police, she had wandered from a path and slipped off a cliff.
An Oryx helicopter from 22 Squadron at the Air Force Base Ysterplaat transported a team from Wilderness Search and Rescue to the scene. They were, however, unable to remove her body from the area where she had fallen by Sunday evening.
De Kock said it was almost exactly the same place where an Italian man, Pier Alberto Za, had fallen to his death on June 28 last year.
The area is known as Groothoek ravine.
An emotional De Kock said she would go to the accident scene on Monday to see what arrangements had to be made to remove Abrahams’s body.
She said Abrahams was the third person to have died in the mountain in three years. The first was Andrew Johns from Milnerton. He died in a hiking accident in 2007, barely a few hundred metres from where Alberto Za had died.
Wilderness Search and Rescue spokesperson Hugo Vaughn confirmed they were unable to reach the body by helicopter.
He said Abrahams was a sister-in-law of the Wilderness Search and Rescue member who led the search for the Italian’s body last year.
“Fortunately he was not involved in today’s search.”
Vaughn said it was a pity they had to leave the deceased there.
“We will begin planning on Monday how we will get her out of there.”
It took members of Wilderness Search and Rescue about two months last year to remove the Italian’s body.