The body of a 53-year-old man could not be recovered from Lion’s Head in Cape Town until after a veld fire was extinguished. The body, which must have been left on the mountain overnight on Sunday, June 20, was finally picked up shortly after the morning light by a helicopter on Monday.


Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) spokesperson Johan Marais said South Africa (TSA) that the man died of an unnatural death at Lion’s Head on Sunday, June 20, 2021.

“We were alerted to a person who had fallen on the summit late Sunday afternoon,” he said.

Marais went on to say that they could not reach the area due to a veld fire. Marais said they didn’t know how the fire happened but he was there. He went on to say that there was no helicopter available with night flying capabilities so they had to wait for firefighting crews to declare the Lion’s Head area safe.

“The person had previously suffered fatal injuries. Between 10:00 pm and 11:00 pm, we packed the body in a body bag and left it there, ”Marais said. Shortly after morning light on Monday, an Air Mercy Services helicopter was brought into the area to retrieve the body.

“The Cape Town police have recorded an investigation for further investigation. We can confirm that the body of a 53 year old man was found at Lions Head on Monday June 21, 2021. The body of the deceased was transported by helicopter from the slopes of the mountain, ”said Warrant Officer Joseph Western Cape SAPS. Swartbooi.


According to Human Narrative on Facebook, resident Collins Ngonidzashe joined about 15 people who had gathered and alerted emergency services to the incident on Lion’s Head on Sunday.

“On the way down, that’s where we met the rescuers who were going up and we shared with them details about where we had seen the body and that two volunteers were there with it. That’s when we saw a fire on the mountain, near the top, and rescuers rushed in. “

“People who saw him jump said he took off his shirt and shoes and jumped off the edge like he was jumping into a [swimming] pool.”

“The cause of the fire is still unknown and I try not to speculate or draw conclusions as to why the man lost his life,” read the Facebook page.

“The mental strain that we have endured over the past 17 months may only present itself now for some. Mental health is a constant struggle, not a battle that can be won. Living a life with continuous negative thoughts is not a path to walk alone. Ask for help and help those who ask for it. We cannot all solve our problems alone, ”he added.

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This notice was published: 2021-06-22 08:30:26


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