God’s Window plunge: tourist recovering

A security gaurd stands at God's Window near Graskop. Photograph : John Hogg.

A security gaurd stands at God's Window near Graskop. Photograph : John Hogg.

Published Nov 4, 2013

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Mbombela - A tourist who survived a 90m fall from a viewpoint at God’s Window near Graskop has been moved from the ICU to a general ward in the Nelspruit Medi Clinic in Mpumalanga.

Sipho Lubisi, 30, climbed over a railing at the famous tourist attraction on Saturday morning, lost his balance and fell off a ledge, a Sapa correspondent reported.

“Incredibly the patient sustained no fractures. He is stable and was moved to a general ward on Monday afternoon,” said Nelspruit Medi Clinic spokeswoman Robyn Baard.

Lubisi fell 10 storeys (about 30m) down a vertical cliff face, rolled another 40m down a steep slope and fell a further 20m. He was lifted to safety after a four-hour rescue effort.

Volunteer organisation Off-Road Rescue Unit Nelspruit chairman Anton Strydom said once Lubisi had been found, they rigged up a hauling system with ropes while paramedics stabilised him.

An ER24 helicopter called in to help had to abort due to the rainy weather.

“Once the patient was ready, the hauling process started and took nearly two hours as the terrain was very steep, slippery and littered with loose rocks,” Strydom said.

Baard said Lubisi underwent surgery on Sunday to clean out head wounds, but would make a full recovery.

“He is not interested in speaking to the media,” Baard added.

Graskop tourist consultant Tilla Coetzer said the safety of tourists at God’s Window was usually not a problem.

“There is a lot of fencing, and if you aren’t going to be silly and decide to jump the rails, then God’s Window is perfectly safe.”

Sapa

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