Eastern Cape
Hikers rescued from Groendal Nature Reserve

Coastal Water Rescue responded to a search and Rescue which involved seven hikers being caught and stranded in unfavourable weather conditions in the Groendal Nature Reserve, Uitenhage on Sunday afternoon.

Photo: Dirk Erasmus

Photo: Dirk Erasmus

The Groendal reserve had become inaccessible by foot and utility vehicles due to flooding of rivers.

On scene with CWR were SAPS, the Metro EMS, Mountain club, Rangers and the Airforce.

A well co-ordinated joint search and rescue was executed which ended in all 7 hikers being airlifted, by helicoptor, from the Groendal reserve and safely hoisted down to the assembly point.

Photo: Dirk Erasmus

Photo: Dirk Erasmus

The 7 hikers were taken by EMS to an allocated venue in town.

The hikers appeared in good spirits and all seven indicated that they did not require medical care.

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