PLETTENBERG BAY NEWS - Sea rescue volunteers assisted in a rescue operation after a couple from the Netherlands fell down a four-metre cliff on the Storms River hiking trail.
Oyster Bay National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) station commander Lodewyk van Rensburg said their crew were activated after a request for assistance from SANParks just before 14:00 on 30 May.
It was reported that a husband and his wife fell off a 4-metre cliff on the Storms River waterfall trail about 1,4km from the starting point.
The crew was assisting SANParks at the Storms River Gorge on a project at the time of the incident and immediately responded to the scene with their sea rescue craft, Caltex Challenger 2.
The EMS/AMS Skymed rescue heli-copter was placed on alert while SAN-Parks rangers, Western Cape Government Health Services, private ambulance services, NSRI Oyster Bay and NSRI Plettenberg Bay were activated.
"Following an assessment and further communications with SANParks rangers, because of adverse weather conditions that prevented access for NSRI rescue swimmers, the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter was activated," Van Rensburg said.
"The sea rescue craft Caltex Challenger 2 was recovered and a land rescue party of SANParks rangers, NSRI Oyster Bay crew, NSRI Plettenberg Bay crew and private care paramedics reached the casualties."
The couple were medically stabilised before being airlifted to a nearby landing zone by the rescue helicopter.
They were both transported to Pletten-berg Bay by ambulance in a stable condition.
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