Woman, 67, airlifted from mountain

The views from the top of Table Mountain are awesome, but hiking to the top is not always enjoyable.

A 67-year-old woman was airlifted from Table Mountain on Monday November 28 after collapsing while hiking in the Platteklip Gorge.

According to an ER24 statement, when their medics arrived, they discovered that the AMS Medical Helicopter had airlifted the woman from the trail and brought her to the mountain’s base.

The medics discovered that the woman had suffered serious heat injuries and was in critical condition.

The woman was treated and given advanced life support before being taken to a nearby hospital for further treatment.

Heat-related injuries are common during this time of year, according to Russel Meiring, communications officer for ER24.

“Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are common injuries during the summer months especially. People also fall and get hurt and we are always ready to deal with these emergencies,” said Mr Meiring.

Table Mountain National Park management advise visitors to note the following safety rules and to exercise caution while enjoying outdoor activities on the hills and mountains.

• Do not carry out your activity alone. Do it in groups when out hiking, trail running, cycling or horse riding, etc.

• Choose your route carefully and stick to it. Allow yourself enough time – start early. Inform someone of your route and what time you’re expected back.

• Cycle, hike or run during daylight hours only.

• Always take waterproof clothing, even in mid-summer, and wear walking shoes or hiking boots. Wear a hat or cap and sunblock in summer. Weather changes rapidly.

• Do not attract unwanted attention by openly displaying cash, cameras, or other valuables.

• Load emergency numbers into your phone before setting off. The Table Mountain National Park emergency number is 086 110 6417; and Wilderness Search and Rescue can be reached on 021 937 0300 or 112