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KwaZulu-Natal - A German tourist’s weekend hike went from carefree amble to helicopter scramble when he fell eight metres off a cliff on the Wild Coast on Saturday.
Heribert Shropp was with a tour group about 9km north of Mbotyi at Waterfall Bluff, when he lost his footing.
Edgar Pogulis said they were on a day hike to see rock formations and waterfalls.
“There was a rock overhang, and Heribert hit his head... then slipped and fell.”
A joint operation was launched between the Mountain Club of South Africa, the South African Air Force’s 15 Squadron, the SAPS Search and Rescue unit and private paramedics.
A helicopter flew the 71-year-old to St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban.
Shropp has a broken leg and ribs and lacerations to his head. - The Mercury