Cape Town - An American diplomat fell to his death while hiking on the Table Mountain range near Camps Bay on Thursday.
Five volunteer teams from Wilderness Search and Rescue searched through the night. Then, shortly after 6am on Friday morning, the 53-year-old man’s body was spotted by an Emergency Medical Services helicopter. Two paramedics were lowered from the helicopter to the body. The man was declared dead at the scene.
He had left his hotel in Cape Town and gone hiking on Thursday afternoon.
Police have identified the victim. However, the American Embassy’s spokesman, Jack Hillmeyer, asked the Cape Argus not to publish the name because they had not received official confirmation and his next of kin had not yet been notified.
“(The man) contacted his hotel at about 3pm informing them that he was getting lost,” said police spokesman Colonel Tembinkosi Kinana.