Hikers urged to be cautious

Cape Town - 310110 - The shadow of Lions Head is seen on Cape Town cbd as the sun is setting. The hiking trail on Lions Head is closed for maintenance until February 15, 2019 after South African National Parks (SANParks) announced the closure of the site in November last year. Some of the work that will be conducted during the closure of the trail includes closure of unauthorised pathways and desire lines, directional signage erected to guide hikers along the official trails, and completion of the assessment for certification of the climbing infrastructure along the trail. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)

Wilderness Search And Rescue (WSAR) are urging hikers to not venture off path on the mountain, to be aware of their surroundings at all times and to always have a fully operational cellphone in their possession.

This was after a caller reported that a woman on Lion’s Head had rushed downslope under duress from Signal Hill Road into an area where there are no known footpaths on Saturday morning, March 30.

The Metro Rescue Mobile Incident Command vehicle, rescue mountaineers, K9 unit, logistical support and SANParks Visitor Safety Patrollers were dispatched to a staging area around 10.30am at the corner of Kloof Nek Road and Bellevue Street, Higgovale, to search for the woman.

By noon there were four search teams combing areas that contained thick vegetation and steep drop-offs near an old disused quarry.

The threat of disturbing a potential crime scene as well as the danger of encountering snakes were real concerns.

As the K9 unit and the specialised Metro Rescue Drone were about to be deployed, reliable information was received that the missing person was located elsewhere off the mountain.

The circumstances around the case remain unclear, and the matter has been taken up by the South African Police Service (SAPS).