Dragon's Wrath 2015

06 Feb 2015 16:36 - 06 Feb 2015 19:58 #62782 by intrepid
Dragon's Wrath 2015 was created by intrepid
This is the place to gather and discuss all accidents and rescues in the Drakensberg for 2015. The most common are hiking related, though they can also result from other activities such as climbing and paragliding. This thread is inspired by the book "Dragons Wrath" by Reg Pearse & James Byrom, and is an endeavour to continue on in that spirit.

The purpose of this is to:
* concatenate all information about these accidents to keep a concerned Drakensberg community informed;
* express solidarity and concern to those involved in the accidents;
* learn from mistakes made and to heed warnings of risks.

The purpose of this is NOT to:
* criticise or embarrass those involved;
* create media hype about other peoples accidents;
* create undue negative publicity for the Berg.

Historical threads:
5 hiking-related deaths in 2008
Dragon's Wrath 2010
Dragon's Wrath 2011
Dragon's Wrath 2012
Dragon's Wrath 2013
Dragon's Wrath 2014

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.
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15 Mar 2015 07:43 - 15 Mar 2015 07:46 #63006 by diverian
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A link to an article on news24Johannesburg - A 75-year-old man was injured after he slipped and fell down a slope in Drakensberg while hiking on Saturday, KwaZulu-Natal emergency services said.

"The man was walking on the path when it is believed that he slipped, this resulted in him falling and tumbling about 15 to 30m down a slope," spokesperson Robert Mckenzie said in a statement.

"He was injured and unable to walk. Members of his hiking group called emergency services."

The man was airlifted to a hospital in Pietermaritzburg.

- SAPA



www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Hiker-75-injured-in-Drakensberg-20150315
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20 Mar 2015 13:07 #63120 by Papa Dragon
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We heard the chopper, but couldn't see it because of the mist.
Respect to those who fly in bad weather to help others.

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20 May 2015 23:43 #63881 by intrepid
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The above incident apparently took place on Keartland's Pass -the first article did not specify the area. This article does:
www.news24.com/Archives/Witness/Berg-rescuers-long-haul-20150430

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21 May 2015 06:21 #63882 by saros
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Keartlands is not so easy, big up to everyone who helped and glad he is okay!!!

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21 May 2015 08:27 #63883 by no4stopper
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intrepid wrote: The above incident apparently took place on Keartland's Pass -the first article did not specify the area. This article does:
www.news24.com/Archives/Witness/Berg-rescuers-long-haul-20150430


Correction is due here. The rescue team on the ground was Ezemvelo Staff and they did the hard work. MCSA involvement was only the overall coordination including getting EMRS to task the AMS Medivac helicopter to do the air lift. The pilot was able to get in and land in a confined space well above the planned landing zone saving the ground team a much longer slog.

As it all turned out he was not as seriously injured as first thought; so a good outcome.
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21 May 2015 08:44 #63884 by intrepid
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I am aware that the exact details are not always persisted well when these incidents make it into the media, so thank you for that clarification.

Also, when it comes to security incidents often the picture can be skewed or even sensationalised when it is second and third hand information. The more first hand information we can get of security and rescue incidents, the better.

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.
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15 Jul 2015 08:43 #64546 by ghaznavid
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www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Rescue-team-scramble-for-stranded-hiker-20150715

Durban - Paramedics and rescue technicians are travelling in a military helicopter to rescue an injured hiker in a remote region of the Northern Drakensburg.

KZN EMS spokesperson Robert McKenzie said emergency service personnel first received word of the injured hiker on Tuesday night, and that a 15 Squadron Oryx helicopter had been despatched to assist at 06:00 on Wednesday morning.

“Detail surrounding exactly what is wrong with the hiker and why the individual needs to be rescued are scant at this stage.

"An EMS paramedic along with members of the Mountain Club are onboard the helicopter and are currently in the air,” he said.

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15 Jul 2015 14:19 #64549 by elinda

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15 Jul 2015 14:23 #64550 by ghaznavid
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Sounds like Nguza Pass

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