Dragon's Wrath 2016

26 Jan 2016 09:14 - 26 Jan 2016 11:11 #66681 by Smurfatefrog
This is the place to gather and discuss all accidents and rescues in the Drakensberg for 2016. 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
Dragon's Wrath 2015
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29 Feb 2016 10:48 #67225 by Smurfatefrog
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Rescue on Sterkhorn yesterday



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29 Feb 2016 10:48 #67226 by ghaznavid
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Trevor Johnson wrote: Yesterday afternoon the KZN Section Rescue Team responded to a call-out of an injured hiker on Sterkhorn, in the Monks Cowl area. Team was flown in with the use of an A109 from Fifteen-Squadron Saaf great flying skills were displayed by the Pilot. Casualty was safely taken off the mountain.

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29 Feb 2016 11:26 #67227 by ghaznavid
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@Smurf: you beat me by about 2 seconds there :laugh:

MCSA Rescue Section posted this on fb about the rescue:

The KZN Section of the Mountain Club in a joint operation with Ezemvelo, Emergency Medical Services and SAAF 15 Squadron was called to rescue an injured hiker just below the summit of Sterkhorn in the Central Drakensberg yesterday. The 26 year old woman, a visitor from Austria, fell shortly after leaving the summit at about 2900 m and sustained serious injury to her right ankle. The 15 squadron Agusta A109 was flown with exceptional skill in partially cloudy conditions and late in the day, to insert a mountain club team member. She was hoisted into the aircraft and flown to Dragon Peaks Air Force Base where she was stabilized before being transferred to a hospital in Durban. We believe that this is the highest altitude at which a technical mountain rescue has been carried out with an A109 in South Africa and we salute the extraordinary skills and training of the SAAF pilots and their commitment to serving those in need of their assistance.

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29 Feb 2016 12:49 #67229 by Coeta
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Curious to know what the cost would be for such a rescue...

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29 Feb 2016 15:25 #67230 by Biomech
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Well done to the KZNMCSA, Ezemvelo, EMS and SAAF on this rescue.
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29 Feb 2016 16:38 #67231 by Sabine
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The patient does not have to pay for the rescue. Its a voluntary service from the Mountain Search and Rescue, and is training for the air force.
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29 Feb 2016 17:23 #67232 by Papa Dragon
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Sabine wrote: The patient does not have to pay for the rescue. Its a voluntary service from the Mountain Search and Rescue, and is training for the air force.

Yes, and I think I'm correct in saying that part of our entry fee goes towards the mountain rescue fund.

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01 Mar 2016 21:36 #67242 by Sabine
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Yes, and I think I'm correct in saying that part of our entry fee goes towards the mountain rescue fund.


Not sure about that.
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01 Mar 2016 21:48 #67243 by Papa Dragon
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Sabine wrote:

Yes, and I think I'm correct in saying that part of our entry fee goes towards the mountain rescue fund.


Not sure about that.


I'll find out for sure and post

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