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.

Tour guide

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