Eight hikers were airlifted from Limietberg after being stranded by a swollen river. Picture: David Nel/Facebook
Eight hikers were airlifted from Limietberg after being stranded by a swollen river. Picture: David Nel/Facebook

Eight hikers airlifted after being trapped by swollen river at Limietberg

By IOL Reporter Time of article published Aug 10, 2020

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The Wilderness Search And Rescue on Sunday rescued eight people who were hiking in the Limietberg and unable to return to their base camp due to a swollen river in the area.

WSAR said the eight hikers had been in the Limietberg area and could not return to their base camp on Bainskloof Pass due to the swollen Witte river. The Wilderness Search And Rescue team was activated when the hikers placed a call for assistance.

Just after 3pm on Sunday, a SAAF 22 squadron helicopter was dispatched to execute the mountain rescue operation.

The WSAR’s swift-water rescue team had also prepared to effect the rescue if a helicopter extraction was not possible.

The WSAR said eight were informed and assured and moved to higher ground.

“The SAAF Oryx helicopter took off from AFB Ysterplaat at 17H12, arriving on scene at the top of Bainskloof pass at 17H30.

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“The helicopter inserted two rescuers immediately and then shortly after extracted all 8 person safely into the helicopter.

“The 8 rescued persons were discharged at the landing zone prepared by WSAR volunteers and required no further help.

“Other responding back-up teams still on route were stood down and turned back,” the WSAR said.

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