A man believed to be a suspect in a housebreaking was rescued, this evening, from the side of a cliff by a joint effort between Rescue Care, SAPS Search and Rescue and IPSS Rescue.
Rescue personnel rushed to the scene in Quarry Road, in Sydenham, where a man wassaid to have fallen from a cliff. According to Andreas Mathios from SA CAN, community action network, the man is believed to be a housebreaking suspect who was fleeing from the police, but fell down the cliff and landed in the large body of water below. He was extracted from this and treated for serious injuries.
Spokesperson for Rescue Care, Garrith Jamieson reported: “Just after 3pm all services were dispatched to the Resevoir Hills Quarry off Varsity Drive for a report of a patient who had fallen off a cliff. On arrival paramedics found that they would need a rescue boat to get across to the patient. Paramedic Paul Herbst swam across to assess the patient whilst SAPS Search and Rescue were on the way. Once the boat had arrived Paramedics and Rescuers went across and carried the patient to the boat before bringing the injured man to the other side. Once across the patient was treated by IPSS and Rescue Care Advanced Life Support Paramedics before handing the seriously injured man over to the Air Mercy Medical Helicopter. The patient was then flown to a specialist facility for the further care that he required.”