A British tourist hiking with her husband on the Otter Trail in the Tsitsikamma National Park reportedly slipped and fell, sustaining injuries.
Also read: NSRI Hout Bay joins efforts to locate 22-year-old German tourist
Hikers who came across the couple further along the trail raised the alarm, prompting the activation of the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Oyster Bay and NSRI Storms River, as well as SA National Park rangers and the Private Care Ambulance Service.
WC Government Health EMS were placed on alert, and the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter was activated by EMS Metro Control.
Upon arrival at the scene, medical treatment was commenced for the serious injuries sustained by the lady in the fall. Despite the barely accessible terrain, the patient was stabilised and prepared for extraction. With the assistance of paramedics, the rescue helicopter airlifted the patient to a landing zone where she was transferred to an ambulance and transported to hospital.
Although she remains in serious but stable condition, the patient is said to be recovering with ongoing medical treatment. The incident underscores the importance of proper safety measures when undertaking outdoor activities in the area.
Paddler finds body in Simon’s Town believed to be missing fisherman
Picture: National Sea Rescue Institute