Body of hiker found at Tsitsikamma National Park

Body of hiker found at Tsitsikamma National Park

The body of a hiker who went missing in the Southern Cape has been recovered.

Tsitsikamma National Park

The man was part of an 11-person party that was hiking on the Otter Trail in the Tsitsikamma National Park on Tuesday. 


It's understood the 32-year-old went ahead of the group.


The National Sea Rescue Institute's Craig Lambinon said when the group reached the crossing of the swollen Bloukrans River Mouth, they could not locate the man.


Lambinon said they started looking for him.

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"During the initial search, they noticed the missing man's backpack afloat on the river adrift and caught in among the rocky shoreline in the direction of the river mouth. They suspect that he may have tried to cross the river, and they raised the alarm."


The search resumed on Wednesday.


"The body of the man was located off-shore of the Bloukrans River Mouth. Duran de Villiers, a local private helicopter and drone pilot and an NSRI rescue swimmer, joined SANParks rangers at the river mouth, where Duran waded into the water, and he was able to secure the body of the man to the shoreline. Sadly, the man was declared deceased."

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