Hiker drowns at waterfall


A 17-year-old hiker drowned at the Krom River Waterfall in Du Toitskloof on Saturday.

Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) was called to the scene on Saturday where they helped members of the police and Cape Nature to remove the hiker’s body from the large pool at the bottom of the waterfall.

The 17-year-old hiker’s body was then carried down a steep route to a place where an emergency helicopter from the Western Cape Department of Health was waiting. The helicopter transported the body to a nearby landing zone and handed it over to the police.

No further details about the incident have been released.

“Our deepest condolences and sympathy to the friends and family of the deceased,” said David Nel, a WSAR spokesperson.

In addition to this incident, WSAR rescue workers responded to three other emergencies this past weekend.

A 28-year-old mountain biker was injured at the Meerendal wine farm near Durbanville when she rode down a steep section of a single track.

According to the WSAR, the mountain biker was hurt when she fell over the handlebars of her bike. Paramedics were called to treat her at the scene before she was taken to a hospital by rescue helicopter.

In another incident on Saturday, a ten-year-old girl was injured at the Elephant Eye Cave in the Silvermine nature reserve. Rescue teams were called together with rangers from SANParks’ Table Mountain National Park to assist the child.

After rescue workers helped her on the relevant walking route, she was taken to a hospital.

Rescue workers were also called to Newlands late Sunday where two hikers were stranded on the Carrel’s Ledge hiking trail on Table Mountain.

Concerned residents of Newlands raised the alarm when they noticed that “lights on the mountain” did not seem to move from the route.

A drone was called to investigate and the stranded walkers were located on a cliff just before midnight. Rescue teams were called and the hikers were finally safely removed from the mountain in harnesses early Monday morning.

Nel warns the outdoor community that warm weather conditions are expected this week, and says that anyone planning outdoor activities should take additional safety precautions.

“Start earlier and avoid strenuous activities during the hottest times of the day.”

Nel also encourages people to drink enough water and dress appropriately for their activities.

It’s just as important to rest and take regular breaks in the cool.

*WSAR emergency number: 021 937 0300