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28 December 2011

Chopper lifts girl to safety after falling on Table Mountain

Cape Town-Lion's Head Rescue this morning. Pics taken at Heli-Pad at off Kloof Neck Road. The victim is placed into the heli-copter and flown to Vincent Palotti Hospital-Reporter-Barbara-Photographer-Tracey Adams

A TEENAGER was rushed to hospital after falling and “bouncing” about 30 metres before landing on an embankment while hiking with a group on Lion’s Head on Table Mountain yesterday morning.

The 15-year-old girl was stabilised before she was airlifted by a helicopter team and taken to Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Cape Town.

She was in a critical condition with multiple abrasions on her body, fractures to both ankles, as well as deep lacerations.

A jogger who witnessed the fall, Stephanie Nunn, described how she heard screams and then saw the teenager “bounce off the side of Lion’s Head.

“It was awful to see someone falling like that. I thought the person had died,” said Nunn.

“The person bounced twice and then I couldn’t see anything.

“I heard people screaming and immediately got out of my car and frantically ran to tell someone what I saw,” said Nunn, a Diep River resident who was in her car at the parking lot getting ready to take a jog on the mountain at about 6.45am.

“I then saw the group of people on the mountain trying to make their way down in the direction where I saw the body falling. I waited until the ambulance and the helicopter came.

“They then told me that it was a young girl,” said Nunn.

Emergency Medical Services spokeswoman Keri Davids said: “She was hiking with her father’s motorbike club. She tripped and fell about 30m and ended up in an embankment on Lion’s Head. The patient complained of pain throughout her entire body.”

Family and friends of the teenager declined to divulge details.

Hospital spokeswoman Sue Scholtz also declined to comment and said the girl’s parents had asked that her details be kept private.

“Unfortunately we cannot give out any information about the girl because we have to take into account patient confidentiality laws. Her parents do not want to speak to the media at all.

“They wouldn’t allow any interviews,” Scholtz said.

- The Star/IOL