Hiker airlifted after Drakensberg fall
A CANADIAN woman has been airlifted from a ledge in the Drakensberg after falling down a cliff in the Cathedral Peak area on Thursday.
A rescue party reached her only late on Thursday night and rescuers had to stay with her until she could be airlifted to safety yesterday morning.
She had serious injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.
The woman‚ in her thir- ties‚ was part of a hiking group in the Drakensberg.
She had slipped off a cliff onto a ledge on Thursday afternoon and at first could not be seen or contacted‚ KwaZulu-Natal emergency services said yesterday.
A combined rescue party‚ consisting of members from the Mountain Club of South Africa‚ the police and KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife – with KZN EMS paramedics and an Aeromedical helicopter on standby – went to her rescue.
“The rescue group hiked about one hour to reach the location where the woman had fallen. It was late at night by this stage,” a spokesman said.
“A rope system was established and a rescuer was lowered to the patient. She had serious injuries.”
An Oryx helicopter from 15 Squadron was used to airlift her to a hospital in Pietermaritzburg yesterday morning. – TMG