A woman, aged 27, died when she fell from a mountain in Rustenburg yesterday evening (5 January 2018).
Werner Vermaak, spokesperson for ER24, reports that paramedics from this emergency service and local fire services arrived on the scene shortly after 8pm, where they found a group of friends at the top of the mountain. They explained that a woman who was with them at the time, apparently slipped and fell several metres.
Due to low visibility, ER24 rescuers made use of an Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera to search for the woman between the dense vegetation and trees. After some time, they managed to find her and used rope equipment to abseil to where she lay. Sadly, she showed no signs of life and was declared dead on the scene. Due to the dangerous conditions and poor visibility, the retrieval of her body was postponed until early this morning.
ER24, the Mountain Search and Rescue Club, Fire Department and Police Search and Rescue set up equipment early this morning to abseil to her location. Rescuers had to hoist her body back up the mountain as they could not access the slope from the bottom.
Family and friends also arrived on the scene late last night.
The exact circumstances surrounding the incident is not yet known. Local authorities will investigate.