Yesterday at around 5pm, NSRI Kommetjie and NSRI Hout Bay responded to eye-witness reports of a woman having fallen down a cliff at the Chapman’s Peak Lookout Point in Hout Bay.
Both NSRI stations dispatched rescue vehicles and launched sea rescue crafts.
WC Government Health EMS ambulance and EMS rescue squad, Cape Medical Response (CRM) and the South African Police Services responded as well.
Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR), EMS rescue technicians and the AMS/EMS Skymed rescue helicopter were dispatched to aid in the rescue.
The woman (31) from Sea Point was celebrating her birthday with family. She had slipped and fallen over the edge at Lookout Point.
Rescuers were deployed to the scene on a cliff face below Lookout Point by the Skymed helicopter.
The NSRI sea rescue craft and WSAR and EMS rescue technicians deployed a high-angle technical rescue operation, but by the time responders were able to reach her, the woman was sadly found to have succumbed to the injuries she sustained in the fall.
In a recovery operation, her body was recovered and taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services. Police have opened an inquest docket.
The woman’s family were cared for on the scene by Police, a Police trauma counsellor, NSRI crew, and EMS paramedics.
Condolences are conveyed to family and friends.