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Boy survives 10m fall from Lion’s Head

Cape Town - A 10-year-old boy is in hospital with a serious head injury after falling 10m on Lion’s Head on Wednesday.

The Mkhanyiseli Primary School pupil from Nyanga was airlifted to New Somerset Hospital.

The AMS helicopter is seen transporting a 10-year-old schoolboy down from Lions Head. The boy is believed to be from a Nyanga Primary school. He sustained a head injury but is in a stable condition. Photo: Henk Kruger. Credit: CAPE ARGUS

Emergency Medical Services spokesman Robert Daniels said the boy was in a stable condition.

Table Mountain National Parks spokeswoman Merle Collins said the boy was on a school excursion with 39 other pupils when he slipped and fell at the staples.

In 2010 Wilderness Search and Rescue replaced chains with stainless-steel staples on the two steep rock sections to help support hikers.

A week-and-a-half ago SA National Parks rangers found the body of a man on the mountain.

He was identified as a hiker and had fallen about 100m on the mountain.

Rescuers took about five hours to recover his body.

Table Mountain Watch spokesman André van Schalkwyk said the rescue operation was technical because the man had fallen very far and sustained head injuries.

Two weeks ago, a 50-year-old woman was rushed to hospital after slipping and falling on Lion’s Head.

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