The body of a Danish exchange student who fell 70m to her death while hiking on a mountain trail in the Nieu-Bethesda area on Sunday has been retrieved.
Nelson Mandela Bay Emergency Medical Service (EMS) rescue workers were sent yesterday by helicopter to help recover the 22-year-old woman’s body.
Rescue efforts continued until late yesterday afternoon with challenges from strong winds, thick vegetation and steep mountain ranges. The woman fell down the cliff after losing her footing while on a hiking trail with a Spanish friend, according to police.
Her identity is being withheld until her next of kin and the Danish embassy have been informed.
Police spokesman Warrant Officer Wessel Cronje said it appeared the woman and a friend departed from the Ganora Guest Farm to go hiking early on Sunday afternoon.
“They were on a trail and it appears they got lost. While trying to navigate their way back to the farm, the woman is believed to have wandered close to the mountain edge which is when she fell,” Cronje said.
“The friend who witnessed the incident managed to find his way back to the farm and call for help.”
Search and rescue units and EMS Rescue launched an operation at about 6pm on Sunday.
Efforts to locate the woman were called off at about 10pm.
Nelson Mandela Bay Metro EMS operations manager Ashwell Botha, who is also a rescue paramedic, said the body had been found at the bottom of the gorge.
Rescue workers had been dropped at the base of the mountain from the medic helicopter.
“The terrain is very dangerous and efforts to locate the missing woman were challenging. “A forward control point was set up on a nearby field and several trips were made to and from where the body was found,” Botha said.
The body was located just above a ravine.