Dragon's Wrath 2020

14 Jan 2020 15:38 - 14 Jan 2020 15:44 #75601 by Viking
Dragon's Wrath 2020 was created by Viking
This is the place to gather and discuss all accidents and rescues in the Drakensberg for 2020. The most common are hiking related, though they can also result from other activities such as climbing and paragliding. This title of 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;
* maintain a publicly accessible historic record.

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

Historical threads:
Dragon's Wrath 2008
Dragon's Wrath 2009 (not yet compiled)
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
Dragon's Wrath 2017
Dragons Wrath 2018
 Dragon's Wrath 2019





“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!”
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25 Mar 2020 12:32 #75788 by no4stopper
Replied by no4stopper on topic Dragon's Wrath 2020
Notice regarding Mountain Rescue during the COVID-19 lockdown
We are all aware how Public Health guidelines have urged the public to 'flatten the curve' of the COVID 19 virus, and our President's announcement of lockdown is a welcomed show of courageous leadership that South Africa needs at this time.
The Mountain Club of SA's Search and Rescue teams support this approach categorically.
WE URGE THE PUBLIC:
1) If engaging in some last minute pursuits this week, please engage in ultra-low-risk activities only. Please also respect closures already in place by SAN Parks and Ezemvelo.
2) Please respect the lockdown unconditionally.
WHY?
Because it is the right thing to do.
...and accidents do happen, no matter how expert you think you may be.
The MCSA's search and rescue team make themselves available because we believe in the value of responsible enjoyment of the wilderness, and in supporting our outdoor colleagues and community.
Where life and limb is at stake, our members may still come to your aid.
HOWEVER, during this crisis:
- Healthcare infrastructure must be reserved for only the most critical, necessary cases.
- Your own exposure to the virus will be significantly higher while being rescued and receiving healthcare.
- Our search and rescue volunteers are not 'essential healthcare workers'. Don't be selfish!
If our members must respond to a call out during the lockdown period, they invalidate their and their family's quarantine activities during this critical time and that may have an impact on their ability to return to work.
- S&R response may in fact be limited - our approach to incident management will be to coach and support self-rescue, or to send minimum-team responses.
We look forward to a time soon where we can all enjoy our wilderness and natural areas together, assured of the safety and well being of our loved ones at home.
Thank you.
MCSA Search & Rescue
The following user(s) said Thank You: Serious tribe, Macc, Papa Dragon, grae22, Christinejvr

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29 Sep 2020 21:06 - 29 Sep 2020 21:50 #76133 by Viking
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On Saturday the 26th September 2020, the MCSA KZN Mountain Search and Rescue Team rescued a male hiker with a suspected ankle fracture from Rockeries Pass in a joint operation with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the SA Air Force's 15 squadron.

High winds limited the flying options of the Oryx helicopter and the rescue team had to be dropped about 4km down the pass from the patient and then hiked up to him.
After packaging him in a stretcher, the team carried the patient up a slope to the only feasible position for a helicopter hoist in the entire valley and during a lull in the wind, the Oryx helicopter was called to extract the patient. This was successfully carried out by some expert flying and slick teamwork.
The patient was flown to Dragon Peaks Air Force Base, where the patient was off loaded for further care.

Carl Dreyer
MSAR KZN PR


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30 Sep 2020 08:29 #76134 by Andreas
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We saw the chopper up close near Sunshine cave were the team was dropped off. There were some crazy gusts as we descended Rockeries pass that day and if I remember correctly there was still some wind when the team were dropped off. The pilot did a great job! And is actually quite intimidating standing so close to the chopper.

Thank you for the volunteers that risk their lives to make us feel a little saver in the mountains, we appreciate you.

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30 Sep 2020 12:18 #76139 by TheRealDave
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This was a relatively minor incident that occurred earlier this month, but I might add that on both of the Berg hikes I took over the past two weeks, I observed a number of hikers succumbing to dehydration, and I got a little dehydrated myself one day when I couldn't find water for a long stretch. Please note that, aside from the major rivers, water levels in at least the Monk's Cowl and Bushman's Nek areas are very low.

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15 Oct 2020 08:55 #76201 by Viking
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On Tuesday the 13 September 2020 a Mountain Search and Rescue team from the KZN section of the MCSA rescued a female hiker with an ankle fracture high up in Leslies Pass in the Injasuthi area of the Drakensberg. The team were inserted to the base of the pass by private helicopter and hiked up to the patient. After being treated and loaded onto a stretcher, the patient was carried down the pass for 5 hours to a suitable helicopter landing site, after which the team and patient were airlifted to Dragon Peaks airfield.



Carl Dreyer
MCSA KZN MSAR PR

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