Rescue gear on Valken D

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Rescue gear on Valken D

Post by Nic Le Maitre » Mon May 07, 2018 12:35 pm

Hi there

There was a rescue on Valken 'D' yesterday and we had to leave some of the rescuer's gear and the climber's gear behind to protect an abseil. We'll go fetch it this week, so please don't appropriate it.

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Re: Rescue gear on Valken D

Post by mokganjetsi » Mon May 07, 2018 4:45 pm

Saw there was an article on Netwerk24 this morn. You at liberty yet to tell what happened? Climber okay?

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Re: Rescue gear on Valken D

Post by Nic Le Maitre » Mon May 07, 2018 5:27 pm

There'll be a post up on the MSAR Facebook page tomorrow with the full details.

Climber's fine, but he had a medical issue and ended up hanging on the ropes and the others couldn't lower him to the ledge below him. The helicopter dropped off a few rescuers onto the cliff who were able to lower him. His medical issues resolved themselves and he and another climber were fetched by the helicopter. It was dark by then so the others rapped down and walked off
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Re: Rescue gear on Valken D

Post by Justin » Mon May 07, 2018 6:51 pm

From AMS FB page:

Late yesterday afternoon the Western Cape Department of Health EMS/AMS rescue helicopter was dispatched to Valken Buttress on the Twelve Apostles Mountain range. It was reported that one of four rock climbers who were doing traditional rock climbing fell, was stuck and suspended in mid air unable to ascend or descend the ropes. The patient was stuck in the middle of a cliff, three technical rescuers were inserted via hoist directly onto the cliff face. The technical rescuers climbed a section of the cliff to get above the stranded climber. The rescue helicopter extracted the patient, another climber and a rescuer before running out of daylight.
The remaining rescue climbers climbed another 40 vertical meters to reach the other two stranded climbers and lowered them to the bottom of the the cliff face. The ground rescue team walked up to the base of the cliff and walked the other climbers and rescue equipment down. Image and information courtesy: Dr. Matthew Young. Rescue crew: Captain Donovan Kohl, external load operator Ayesha Allies, members of WSAR and METRO rescue.
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Re: Rescue gear on Valken D

Post by Nic Le Maitre » Fri May 11, 2018 3:09 pm

Gear has been retrieved. Anything you find there now is yours...
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