Hiker air­lifted af­ter Drak­ens­berg fall

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS -

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

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