Western Cape drone unit called in to help… again

The drone unit from the Western Cape Emergency Medical Services have been called in to help again, this time with finding a lady who is assumed to have wandered into Table Mountain.

Confirming the ongoing search, the EMS spokesperson Deanna Bessick said on Tuesday said that the Drone Rescue team had been called in to assist in the search for Ms Colette Eksteen whose daughter had reported her missing on February 19.

Bessick said the team has been requested to assist with a search for “a female who was presumed to have fallen or jumped from the top of Table Mountain”.

In a post on Facebook, a lady by the name of Bianca Gouws, who identified herself as Ms Eksteen’s daughter, sent out an SOS to residents of Stellenbosch for the safe return of her mother.

“My mom, Ms Colette Eksteen (Olivier) went missing this morning in Stellenbosch,” Ms Gouws wrote. “She might still be there or in the surrounding areas. She is 48 years old. She was last seen wearing a black shirt, black ski pants a red Vodacom cap, and brown shoes. She is in a psychotic episode, please phone police or take to nearest hospital.

The EMS spokesperson said the drone was drone was deployed early on Tuesday morning to survey the area where Ms Eksteen was last seen.

“She was seen walking up the mountain on Friday, February 19, and her bag was found during the early hours of Saturday on top of the mountain, in the Fountain Ravine area,” Bessick said. “The drone is currently being flown down in order to conduct the search.”

This is the third time in very young life of the Western Cape EMS; which scored a first two weeks ago when its drone was involved in its first direct rescue mission, of a young man who had got stuck while hiking up Table Mountain. This came hardly two months after the EMS’s drone unit was granted its RPAS Operator’s Certificate.

Its first mission was an attempt to locate the body of a man who had plunged into the sea from a cliff in Cape Town.


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