Chapman's Peak
Photo Credit: Carlo Garth Adonis, Fabian Higgins, Rob Burger and Mountain Club of SA - Search And Rescue

The Western Cape ‘Avengers’ strike again. A team of heroes raced to the rescue after a woman and her car plunged down Chapman’s Peak, retrieving her safely!


Cape Town (13 April, 2023) — Help was just around the bend for a 43-year-old woman whose drive to Hout Bay took an unfortunate detour down Chapman’s Peak.

The car had plunged 180m down the slope; the driver was on her own. However, teams of helping hands soon joined forces to get her back to safety.

Volunteers, firefighters, EMS personnel and the Wilderness Search and Rescue team all drummed together like the Western Cape Avengers.

Through innovative teamwork, the groups made the mission possible.

“It’s inspiring to see such a large group of professionals and volunteers, from multiple services, working together in such a complicated environment. This was a demanding scenario made less difficult by having access to so many competent rescue specialists at one scene.” —David Nel, WSAR spokesperson.

After navigating the terrain, they found the driver who had managed to leave her car. However, she was unable to walk any further, according to the WSAR.

Medical and rescue teams assessed and treated her as soon as she was found. The next effort was to get her onto a stretcher safely and back up to the road along Chapman’s Peak.

With quick and careful thinking at hand, a rope system was used to hoist her up the dangerous slope. Thereafter, she was moved to an ambulance ready-and-waiting for her, and later hospital, where she is now recovering.

Since Monday’s incident, South Africans have sung the rescue teams’ praises with a resounding thank you.

As one user shared:

“We are indeed privileged to have such an amazingly competent and professional team of volunteers and staff across a wide range of fields who provide such vital and valuable service. We are proud and grateful.”

Source: WSAR
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Ashleigh Nefdt is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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