The body of a man (58) was found on Friday after a large-scale search in the Helderberg nature reserve in the vicinity of Somerset West in the Western Cape. The man presumably fell to his death when he went for a walk in the reserve.
Johann Marais, spokesman for Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR), said in a statement that the man’s wife had reported him missing on Thursday after he had hiked the Sugarbird Trail earlier in the day and had not yet arrived by 4 p.m. did not return.
According to Marais, rangers had already patrolled the route at this stage. However, there was no sign of the man.
The manager of the reserve called WSAR around 5pm and a search party of 17 people was launched. The search yielded nothing by late evening and continued on Friday.
According to Marais, the man’s body was found earlier today. “He was fatally injured when he fell off the road somewhere. The family received the sad news. “
Marais said the body will be brought from the mountain later when the weather allows.
The deceased lives in the vicinity of the reserve.