The body of a 58-year-old man has been discovered in the Helderberg Nature Reserve in Somerset West in the early hours of Friday, August 28.

Wilderness Search And Rescue (WSAR) launched a search party at about 5pm on Thursday [August 27] after receiving a call for assistance from the Nature Reserve’s manager. The 58-year-old man’s wife had reported to the manager that her husband had not yet returned.

“The man had set out to hike the Sugarbird Route and not returned by 16:00 as he had arranged with his wife. By then rangers had already patrolled the route,” WSAR said.

More than 17 WSAR operatives were searching the field on foot and by car to find the man. The search concluded late Thursday night and resumed Friday morning, which is when the body was discovered.

“We are sad to report that the body of a man has been found. He was fatally injured when he fell somewhere off the path. His family have been given the sad news. We share their grief,” said WSAR.

The deceased was from the Helderberg area.

Once the weather has cleared up, WSAR will begin operations to bring the body off the mountain.

Picture: Facebook / Friends of Helderberg Nature Reserve

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