A 20-year-old Cape Town woman was airlifted to hospital after the car she was in “plunged off the roadway down a cliff at Smitswinkel Bay‚ between Simonstown and Cape Point”.
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said its Simonstown duty crew had been notified of the incident at around 6pm‚ and dispatched its sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski II to join an operation involving Cape Medical Response paramedics‚ a Police Sea Borderline Patrol boat‚ WC Government Health EMS‚ the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter and Wilderness Search and Rescue.
“Rescue resources arriving on the road side were not able to gain access to the vehicle which was approximately 150m down a cliff‚ on the shoreline‚ and partially submerged in the sea due to the barely accessible terrain‚” NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon.
“…a Police Sea Borderline Patrol boat‚ that arrived first from the sea side‚ was able to deploy a police officer onto the shore and he located one female in a critical condition at the vehicle and it was confirmed that she was the sole occupant of the vehicle.”
The officer was joined by a paramedic who had arrived with the Skymed rescue helicopter‚ “and they rendered emergency medical treatment”.
Two NSRI rescue swimmers swam ashore to render assistance‚ and “once stabilised the patient was airlifted…to the roadway where paramedics continued medical treatment and‚ once stabilised but in a serious condition‚ the patient” was taken to hospital via helicopter.