At 19h27 on Sunday the 2nd of November, NSRI Simonstown volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports of a woman collapsed and unconscious on a hiking trail between Smitswinkel Bay and Boytjies Drift, Cape Point Nature Reserve.
NSRI Simonstown, Table Mountain National Parks (TMNP) rangers, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services, CMR (Cape Medical Response), WC Government Health EMS and WSAR (Wilderness Search and Rescue) were activated.
On arrival on-scene rescuers hiked a kilometre from the car park to the scene where on a hiking trail we found a 53 year old woman from Upington suffering exhaustion and dehydration and being attended to by TMNP rangers.
Paramedics assessed and treated her and securely loaded her into a Stokes Basket Stretcher and hiked her to the car park where she has been transported to hospital by CMR ambulance in a stable condition for further treatment.
Precautions were taken as the patient was initially reported to have been unconscious when she collapsed. She is expected to fully recover with rest and rehydration at Constantiaberg MediClinic hospital.
The hiker had been on a hut to hut hike in the nature reserve with a group of other hikers when she collapsed unconscious and initially reported to be trapped on a cliff and although in a remote part of the nature reserve access was gained to the site along a hiking trail from the road.
Once TMNP rangers arrived on the scene some of the group continued the hike and two woman and a male that had remained with the patient were assisted to the road by TMNP rangers and transported to their overnight hut, requiring no further assistance, after paramedics and rescue crew had arrived on the scene and had taken over treatment of the patient.
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