The NSRI Hout Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew assisted the WC Government Health EMS in the rescue of three hikers stranded on the Karbonkelberg hiking trail between Hout Bay and Sandy Bay.
The three hikers, from Meyerton Gauteng, Kobus Brits, 36, his girlfriend Cornelia Janse van Rensburg, 38, his brother Morne Brits, 33, started the hike at 13h00 from the Hout Bay side with no water, food or warm clothing. They misjudged the difficulty of the hike and were unprepared for the changing conditions and tide.
The hikers reported that they reached the first gully during the incoming tide and successfully negotiated that section, however the high tide at the second gully trapped them and they decided to walk up the mountain until they could go no further. It was then that they called for help.
The Skymed helicopter hoisted an EMS rescue paramedic down to their position on a ledge 90 meters above sea level, and in sorties, hoisted the hikers to safety.
Family members were waiting for them at the Sea Rescue station and all the hikers required no further assistance.