A 29-year-old woman was seriously injured after she fell in a rock climbing accident on the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape last week.
In a statement on Friday, the Mountain Club of SA Search and Rescue (MCSA) said the accident happened on Thursday morning at Cathedral Rock, which is a 60m high sea-stack on the Wild Coast and about 800m south of Waterfall Bluff.
“The climber accidentally pulled off a block, causing the fall. She possibly sustained head, leg and back injuries,” said MCSA.
MCSA said a rescue team from KwaZulu-Natal was flown from Pietermaritzburg via Virginia Airport onboard a BK 117 helicopter from 15 Squadron SA Air Force.
According to MCSA, the aircraft was rigged with a long range fuel tank for the flight.
“An MCSA doctor and tech team member assisted the patient on the sea-stack along with a Gauteng rescue team member, who was in the climbing party.
“The patient was stabilised on scene, before all members were hoisted off the rock on to the mainland. The patient and team were flown to St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban,” said the MCSA.