Lion’s Head hiker takes fatal fall

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On Sunday, emergency officials were deployed after a hiker was seen taking a fatal fall during a hike on the Lion’s Head mountain. 

A spokesperson for Wilderness Search and Rescue Johann Marais says they were contacted shortly after 09:00 and deployed to the Camps Bay side of the mountain after it was reported that the man fell and could no longer be seen.

“Authority to use the emergency rescue helicopter operated by AMS and contracted to the Dept of Health was granted and the pilot collected a paramedic and technical rescuer at Pinelands rescue base whereafter the helicopter flew straight to a location PIN sent in by people where the accident had happened,” Marais says.

The person was found to have sustained fatal injuries. After the body was packaged, it was hoisted by the emergency rescue helicopter and taken to the police’s forensic pathology department.

Marais could not provide VK News with further details as this is ongoing investigation, however, he expressed his condolences to everyone affected by the accident.

The identity of the man is currently unknown.

Police spokesperson Colonel Andrè Traut confirmed that a death inquest docket has been registered after the man allegedly slipped on a rock.

He stated that no foul play is suspected.