Stricken hikers rescued from Table Mountain

Three stricken hikers were rescued as inclement weather descended on Table Mountain on Tuesday night.

Wilderness Search and Rescue spokesperson Johann Marais said that a rescue team, comprising of a paramedic and expert climbers, had escorted the trio to safety.

“The field team resolved that it would be safer to take them up the mountain and then rendezvous with vehicles on the back of Table Mountain.

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6 Responses to Stricken hikers rescued from Table Mountain

  1. mike Sep 1, 2016 at 5:56 am #

    Thanks to these tireless rescue teams, who selflessly time and time again help people off this mountain. Blinkwater ravine is a closed path, with signage saying so (and for good reason). Yet selfish, inexperienced, unprepared hikers keep going up there? Anyone heading up there should at least have some basic climbing skills, backup harness’ and rope, slings, nuts etc, headlights and weather gear, water, supplies etc. It’s a pity that the city can’t fine these people as a deterrent to others (we all know why they shouldn’t, no need for a debate)

    • wes Sep 2, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

      People have the same opinion about rock climbing. Shouldn’t you be fined if you fall while rock climbing? Climbing rocks is quite irresponsible and dangerous (if you look from the non-rock climber perspective).

      • Mike Sep 2, 2016 at 6:36 pm #

        Theres a huge difference between taking mitigated risks climbing rocks, with training and correct equipment, and unprepared ignorant individuals wasting city resources.

        • wes Sep 5, 2016 at 1:42 pm #

          No there isn’t. You waste the same resources lowering off the end of a rope or falling upside down hitting your head (most climbers don’t wear helmets) as a hiker getting lost.

  2. Nic Sep 5, 2016 at 8:50 am #

    They weren’t in Blinkwater Ravine. They were on Blinkwater Needle. No resources were wasted in rescuing them as all the rescuers are volunteers. Please don’t make assumptions about their preparedness from inaccurate newspaper stories. No one will EVER be fined for calling out rescue when they need it. If people believe that there is a possibility that they will be fined, they will delay calling for rescue and generally this results in longer, more difficult and more risky rescues.

  3. Warren Gans Sep 15, 2016 at 4:31 pm #

    Voluntarism has the power to resolve most of society’s ills: we have 100 000’s of people who love spending time in our mountains, they are going to get caught out from time to time and one would hope that there are enough of them to resolve their own problems. I also think anyone reading this should feel obliged to help where possible. Rad to see the story above, even if it is one of 100’s that happen every year.

    By extension there are many problems within society that can be resolved through civic duty, rather than demanding an over stretched fiscus get involved. Be the solution.

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