About Our Area
Holiday Guide 2014|2015
Download Sport Guide
Arts & Entertainment
Download TV Guide
Submit an Event
The Jolly Lama
Those Camera Guys
Inspirasie viri Nasie
Life in the Slow Lane
Looking for a Car?
Peak Formosa claims a life
These photographs were taken during a hike along the Cairnbrogie Dairy Farm Coastline last year.
PLETTENBERG BAY NEWS - Peak Formosa, the highest peak in the Tsitsikamma Mountains at 1 675m above sea level, claimed the life of avid local hiking enthusiast, Ken Webb, on Wednesday, January 2.
Webb has been described by his fellow hiking enthusiasts as a strong, adventurous, very experienced hiker. He was 72 years old at the time of his demise.
The details surrounding his fall are vague. According to emergency services personnel, he had been hiking with a small group. It appears that Webb somehow lost his footing or his balance, or both and plummeted off the side of the mountain.
The SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS) helicopter was despatched at 13:30 from the base in Oudtshoorn and what started as a rescue operation, was soon apparent to be a recovery operation. Webb's body was found in a ravine shortly after the operation commenced. Regular hikers who have previously hiked to the summit of Formosa speculate that he lost his footing at a notoriously dangerous point known as 'The Chimney' with a sheer drop of some 250 metres.
The Mountain Club of South Africa MCSA Search and Rescue volunteers were involved in the recovery operation. According to Keri Davids, spokesperson for the Western Cape Government Emergency and Medical Services (WCGEMS), four of their rescuers were also despatched. She said that the helicopter landed on the dam wall on a farm at the base of Formosa and the rescuers were hoisted two at a time to the ravine where Webb's body was retrieved.
Although widely revered as a strenuous climb and not for the faint of heart with certain sections of the trail appearing to be unclimbable, Justin Birkenstock, AMS Base Supervisor and paramedic from Oudtshoorn, said this was the first incident to his knowledge on Formosa.
07:00 (GMT+2), Thu, 10 January 2013
you will be directed to the registration page. Once you have completed the registration process, please return to this page.
Latest General News
Firefighters and snake charmers
A whale of a time, watching
Make a date with Knysna's green heart
Vacancies for police trainees
Painter is house-hunting
More General News >
SA hails Obama's US-Cuba initiative
No arrests in Dobsonville stabbings
Online competition winners: Series 125
Enjoy the festive season without overindulging
Pakistani shopkeeper's killers jailed
More News >
New Zealand Dollar
Get your free daily horoscope + free daily forecast below.
Choose your zodiac sign:
March 21 - April 19
September 23 - October 22
April 20 - May 20
October 23 - November 21
May 21 - June 20
November 22 - December 21
June 21 - July 22
December 22 - January 19
July 23 - August 22
January 20 - February 18
August 23 - September 22
February 19 - March 20
In future Detroit, USA, abandoned brick apartment buildings from better...
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
This family comedy follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Dylan...
Dolphin Tale 2
The November Man
Former CIA operative Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is brought back...
More Movie Trailers >
Air hockey is one of everyone's favorite challenges! Represent your...
Mini Pool 3
This is the most advanced edition of the popular online version of Pool...
In this Digital Domino Game all the rules are the same as the real game....
The classic mind-wracking math puzzle game is now online! With a brad new...
More Games >
Are you keeping a closer watch on your spending this festive season?
Spending about the same as last year
I'm a 54 year old man looking to meet women between the ages of 49 and 100.
I'm a 49 year old man looking to meet women between the ages of 37 and 47.
View more profiles...
I'm a 43 year old woman looking to meet men between the ages of 38 and 50.
I'm a 28 year old woman looking to meet men between the ages of 28 and 39.
View more profiles...
Copyright © 2014 Group Editors Co PTY Ltd t/a Knysna-Plett Herald