Dragon's Wrath 2017

24 Jan 2017 10:02 #70737 by Viking
Viking created the topic: Dragon's Wrath 2017
This is the place to gather and discuss all accidents and rescues in the Drakensberg for 2017. 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
Dragon's Wrath 2016

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26 Mar 2017 13:33 - 26 Mar 2017 14:26 #71199 by hikingle
hikingle replied to: Dragon's Wrath 2017
Hi

My family and I did the Tugela Gorge Hike last week Sunday. On our way back we heard a helicopter landing further down the river and were told by a member of the rescue team that a German tourist had fallen and knocked her head. It is an unpleasant feeling knowing that someone that you had just passed a while back had an accident!
I hope it was nothing too serious and that she is on her way to a speedy recovery. Thumbs up to the rescue team...

Edit : I can't say exactly where the lady fell, but we met the member of the rescue team at the gorge as he was setting up ropes...

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Last Edit: 26 Mar 2017 14:26 by hikingle. Reason: to clarify and give more detail
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24 Apr 2017 13:38 #71421 by Richard Hunt
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24 Apr 2017 14:02 #71422 by Coeta
Coeta replied to: Dragon's Wrath 2017
That is brilliant skills, one wheel in-touch hovering.

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24 Apr 2017 14:26 #71423 by Viking
Viking replied to: Dragon's Wrath 2017
I see that article is full of inaccuracies. Besides the obvious ones - the rescue took place in the vicinity of Ifidi Cave.
Stellar flying by the lads of 15 Sqdn, supported by SAPS and MCSA KZN Mountain Search and Rescue.

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24 Apr 2017 15:50 #71424 by Papa Dragon
Papa Dragon replied to: Dragon's Wrath 2017
Well done, and thank you, to all involved.

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24 Apr 2017 17:17 #71425 by WarrenM
WarrenM replied to: Dragon's Wrath 2017
There is a clip on youtube that went up about 2 hours ago, I'm assuming it is the same rescue. Link below

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25 Apr 2017 06:50 #71427 by Sabine
Sabine replied to: Dragon's Wrath 2017
Well done to the KZN section of Search and Rescue.

This kind of efficiency is what we practise for so hard.

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25 Apr 2017 09:29 #71428 by ccjoubert
ccjoubert replied to: Dragon's Wrath 2017
We were a group of 7 doing a two day hike from sentinel car park to Ifidi cave and back. About 200 m from Ifidi cave while we were traversing the steep slope to enter the cave, Magdaleen sprained her ankle and fell. She passed out for a while but soon regained consciousness. Her ankle immediately started swelling and it was far to painful to step on. It was clear that she tore some ligaments and we also could not rule out that something was broken, so we decided to call mountain rescue. One of the members of our group, Dieter, is a doctor, he strapped her foot up and decided that she should not put weight on her foot at all. We then continued to Idifi cave for a the night, Magdaleen mostly crawled there, as it was quite hard to move over the steep terrain. It was quickly getting dark at this time, and since it was not a critical injury MSR decided to pick her up the next day, rather than execute a night extraction. We all had a warm and comfortable night in Ifidi cave, despite the newspapers mentioning of the "sub zero temperatures".

Sunday morning Dieter and Magadaleen moved to that point about 50 m outside of the cave which we thought were the best spot, since we expected an air hoist. At 9 am the helicopter arrived, to our surprise the pilot put the one wheel down right next to them and kept the helicopter there as stable as a rock. They picked Magdaleen up, took their backpacks and were off roughly a minute later. An incredible sight

I would also really like to thank 15 Sqdn and MCSA KZN Mountain Search and Rescue, you are really amazing!!!

Chris

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26 May 2017 20:01 #71653 by ruthtbl
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'Please accept the stimulation'
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