Drones in another rescue mission in Western Cape
There is never a dull time for the drones in the employ of the emergency services department in South Africa’s Western Cape Province.
There are the Table Mountains in the drones’ area of jurisdiction, and there is no shortage of people who need to be rescued from these lofty heights. It was one of the biggest reasons why the department sought their ROC in the first place.
Just this Sunday, the drones were called in to help after a party off hikers sent an SOS after spending two days since Friday looking for a lost trail on the Wemmershoek Traverse.
The hikers got in touch with rescuers from the Wilderness Search And Rescue (WSAR) for assistance.
“Our team, including the Western Cape Department of Health & Wellness Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Drone Unit, was dispatched to scene to help locate the hikers early on Monday morning,” the WSAR said in a statement.
After missing a turn, the hikers continued to a point on the Du Toitskloof Pass and a rescue team met them.
They were driven back to their vehicles.
“The mountains have seen large numbers of outdoor enthusiasts taking advantage of the good weather this long weekend.
“We want to remind anyone venturing outdoors that the trails are still wet and slippery in places,” said spokesperson for WSAR, David Nel.
“Mind your footing and be careful on wet surfaces. We wish all our injured patients a full recovery.”
The Wilderness Search And Rescue (WSAR) is a network of government agencies, and civilian volunteer organisations, who partner in search and rescue.
In the week starting April 29 this year, rescue teams from WSAR and other organisations saved eight other hikers in various states of distress from harm in and around the Table Mountains, although in these efforts, they needed the help of the helicopter more than they needed the drone.