Teenage boy rescued from Lion’s Head


Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) was called to Leeukop late on Saturday evening after they received information about an unconscious teenage boy near the summit of the mountain.

Kosta Papageorgiou, chairman of the Friends of Leeukop and the Seinheuwel public protection forum, says he was climbing Leeukop at around 19:30 when he was informed by one of the route’s regular users of a party on the summit.

“It involved a DJ, including DJ equipment, a generator and turntable. I notified SANParks and City of Cape Town law enforcement, as well as some members of WSAR.

“When I reached the peak, I saw the DJ equipment in bags, as well as a few empty 750ml bottles of alcohol lying around. Afterwards I saw a teenage boy lying curled up with a few bystanders trying to help where they could.

“I checked the boy’s pulse and asked him a few simple questions. His friends informed me that he had been drinking.”

Papageorgiou says the boy may have suffered from dehydration and heat exhaustion and that he was probably intoxicated.

Paramedics from the Western Cape Department of Health as well as teams of volunteers, the police and SANParks responded to the incident. The patient was assessed and stabilized upon paramedics’ arrival.

David Nel, a spokesperson for WSAR, says that when the boy regained consciousness and was able to stand, he was loaded into a harness and slowly taken downstairs. A family member took him home.

The incident was concluded shortly before 00:30 on Sunday morning.

Nel says their teams had an incredibly busy day on Saturday and responded to a series of incidents before they were called to Leeukop.

“SARZA – Cape team members had to cancel specialized training to respond to the call. A total of 20 rescue officers eventually responded to the incident, and a similar number were on standby. We are grateful that the young man was not injured under the circumstances. Our beautiful wilderness spaces must be enjoyed responsibly. Respect the environment. Be courteous to other outdoor enthusiasts and abide by the rules of the park,” added Nel.

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