The Western Cape Government Health’s Emergency Medical Services’ Drone Rescue Project team were recently deployed to assist with the province’s first drone rescue missions.
The first mission took place in Rooi Els, on January 28 and it involved a careful search for a male who jumped off a cliff into the water. Two thorough flight searches were conducted along the coastline, but unfortunately, the team could not trace the patient.
The second mission took place on February 10, and involved searching for a 21-year-old male who went off the hiking path on Lions Head, close to the Clifton Crest Route and got stuck. The incident was logged at 10.35am and the drone located him at 11.43am.
“The Rescue team members were guided to the approximate location by the rescue technician. The team escorted the male down the mountain and utilised one set of ropes to abseil up a set of cliffs. Fortunately, they were able to ensure that the male reached the bottom of the mountain safely,” Deanna Bessick, Western Cape Government Health’s Emergency Medical Services spokesperson said.