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Unidentified body airlifted from Devil's Peak on Table Mountain

Emergency services airlift the body of Ken Stephen on July 8 2020. The same helicopter was used to airlift a body from near Woodstock Cave on July 21.
Emergency services airlift the body of Ken Stephen on July 8 2020. The same helicopter was used to airlift a body from near Woodstock Cave on July 21.
Image: Esa Alexander

A body was airlifted from Cape Town's Table Mountain National Park on Tuesday morning.

Wilderness Search and Rescue spokesperson Johann Marais said the body was sighted on the mountain slopes of Devil's Peak near Woodstock Cave shortly after 9am.

“A hasty team of two paramedics were deployed and confirmed that it was a body. The helicopter operated by Air Mercy Services contracted to the department of health was authorised to assist,” he said. “It collected a technical rescuer on Lower Tafelberg Road and lowered him to the body. Thereafter the operatives put the body in a stretcher so that the helicopter could extract all by hoisting them out.

“The body has been handed over to the police and all our operatives are safely off the mountain.”

On July 8, the body of trail runner Ken Stephen was found at the foot of a cliff below the north face of Table Mountain. He had been missing since going on a run two days earlier.

Police have been asked for their comment on Tuesday's discovery. This article will be updated once their response is received.

-TimesLIVE


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