Media Alert: Rescue on Riviersonderend Mountains | Western Cape Government


Media Alert: Rescue on Riviersonderend Mountains

7 January 2013

The Western Cape Government Health: Emergency Medical Services Responded to a Mountain Rescue Case Late Last Night:

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Riviersonderend Mountains, 23h00 – WCG Health: EMS Rescue responded to a mountain call because a group of fourteen (14) children from the area, did not return home after spending a day in the mountains swimming and hiking. According to the EMS Rescue Incident Commander, Egnall Brown, a mother of one of the missing children phoned the local SAPs station at 23h00 on Sunday night, to complain that her child had not returned home. EMS rescue coordinated a response rescue team (4 x EMS Rescuers, 2 x SAPs and 1 x local farmer) to set up camp and search for the missing party. Unfortunately the team was not able to locate the party and this morning (Monday 7 January 2012) the AMS Rescue Helicopter was activated to complete an aerial search of the mountains. At 07h40, the children were found and short hauled back to Riviersonderend. All fourteen children (13 boys and 1 girl between the ages of 14 and 19) were found unharmed and safely returned to their families. The rescue operation was complete at 09h45 this morning (7 January 2013).

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Keri Davids

Principal Communications Officer: Emergency Medical Services

WCG Health: Communications

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