A female hiker died on the Skeleton Gorge trail while climbing Table Mountain on Saturday, December 19.
Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) were notified about an unconscious hiker 200m from the top of Skeleton Gorge shortly after 10 am, according to News24.
Efforts to revive the 43-year-old woman were ongoing for about an hour before paramedics arrived on the scene.
Other people reportedly said that they were performing CPR unsuccessfully, according to WSAR spokesperson, Johann Morais.
“A vehicle with two paramedics proceeded via Constantia Nek and followed the jeep track into the back of Table Mountain to get to the top of Skeleton Gorge,” said Marais.
An emergency helicopter, belonging to the Department of Health, was also called in to help and a team was deployed to assist operations.
Paramedics were also unable to revive the woman and her body was airlifted from the mountain.
“We mourn the death of a mountain hiker and extend our condolences to her family and friends,” said Marais.
The rest of the hiking party was brought down the mountain by rescue vehicles.
The reason the woman lost consciousness is still unknown.
Following the death, the Western Cape police have opened an inquest docket and the circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated, according to police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana.