Rescue staff have busy day in Peninsula

January 14, 2009

Rescue staff have busy day in Peninsula

11 January 2009, 15:36
By Nwabisa Msutwana-Stemela

Wilderness Search and Rescue staff were due to remove a decomposing body found on a steep ledge on Lion’s Head by one of their climbers on Saturday.

Wilderness Search and Rescue manager Anwaaz Bent said it wasn’t clear whether the body was male or female.

Meanwhile, search and rescue workers had a busy day in the Cape Peninsula on Saturday.

# A Dutch tourist, hiking along a taxing coastal trail between Llandudno and Hout Bay, had to be airlifted to safety after suffering from exhaustion and dehydration.

Paul Naastepab, 46, from Maarn in Holland, called for help after the trail, which he believed to be a 30-minute walk – and which is in fact a tough eight-hour hike – took its toll.

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said Naastepab had reached the wreck of the Boss 400 Crane Barge when he called for help.

The NSRI launched a boat because at first the plan was to swim him out, but it was later decided to airlift him to safety, using the Metro Red Cross AMS helicopter.

Lambinon said Naastepab received rehydration treatment and was sent home.

# A 34-year-old Claremont woman was rescued on Lion’s Head yesterday after she fell and sprained her ankle.

Bent said they received a call at 9.15am and a rescue team was dispatched immediately. The woman, who asked not to be named, was spotted by a couple on the summit who called for help. She was provided with a medical aid kit by the couple.

It took 14 rescue team workers two hours to get the woman down the mountain.

The woman said: “Everyone was phenomenal, amazing and professional. My leg is sore but I am glad to be alive.”

She was later taken to Somerset Hospital.

# An Austrian windsurfer, Bernhard Teubl, 40, broke his leg while windsurfing at Melkbosstrand. The Metro Red Cross AMS helicopter was called, but was not needed because Teubl washed safely ashore.

* This article was originally published on page 5 of The Cape Argus on January 11, 2009

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