Hiking on Table Mountain is not a walk in the park - WSAR

The Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) urges hikers to be extra careful when they hike up Table Mountain.

Spokesperson for the Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) Johan Marais, spoke to John Maytham (standing in for Kieno Kammies.

Marias says this festive season was the busiest they've had. He says they reached a new record in terms of a number of rescues on Table Mountain, some 170 rescues during 2016.

On Sunday we had about three incidents. Early in the morning we had a female who fell on Lion's head. In the afternoon four American citizens were lost on Oudeschip and later on a fourteen-year-old sprained her ankle and needed to be carried down the mountain.

Johan Marais, Spokesperson for the WSAR

Marais says the WSAR predominantly rescues people who are lost, have sprained an ankle or have become dehydrated. He says people miscalculate the severity of going up the mountain by not being well prepared - in particular drinking enough water.

People think going up Table mountain is a walk in a park and it is not.

Johan Marais, Spokesperson for the WSAR

Listen below to hear more of what the WSAR do in making sure people are safe while hiking up the mountain:


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