Mountain rescue underway in Drakensberg

Picture: AFP

Picture: AFP

A bid was being made to rescue a hiker in the Drakensberg Mountains on Wednesday.

Steve Cook, a rescue organiser from the Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA), said that while details were sketchy, it was believed that a hiker had gotten into difficulty in the remote Mweni area of the Drakensburg mountains.

A South African Air Force helicopter with a paramedic and members of the MCSA were despatched from Durban to fetch the hiker. The Mnweni region is located in the northern Drakensberg, south of the Royal Natal National Park and north of Cathedral Peak.

Cooke said that there had been no radio communications with the rescue team as there was very poor signal from what is one of the more remote areas of the Drakensberg.

“From what I understand, he was walking along the escarpment and then got himself into some difficulty. He got into a gully. I don’t think he is seriously injured,” said Cooke.

However, he said that he would only be able to comment more once the rescue team had completed their mission. He said he believed the bigger difficulty would be how to extract the hiker from the region.

It was not clear when the hiker had gotten into difficulty. Rob McKenzie, spokesman for the KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Medical Service confirmed that an EMS paramedic was aboard the helicopter.


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