Updated Pics and Strategy around the Pilansberg Rescue- Mountain Club South Africa

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Updated Pics and Strategy around the Pilansberg Rescue- Mountain Club South Africa

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Post by howie » Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:04 pm

The most critical part of the rescue involved a careful and calculated transfer of the occupants from the aircraft seats (where they were secured in the interim via their seatbelts) to rescue harnesses and delicate repositioning until they were hanging on the cable, free from the aircraft fuselage Photo: Gary Heugh

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The aircraft did not fall the approximately 100m to the ground but instead got precariously hung up on the cable via the aircraft's propeller assembly. Photo: Mountain Club of SA Search and Rescue
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After considering several rescue strategies, the chosen rescue plan involved a rescuer, attached to the cable, being guided down the zip line down to the aircraft. The rescuer’s position was controlled from the top station of the zipline via several long ropes which had to be joined to cover the significant distance. As there was no possibility to inspect the situation close-up and plan the extraction of the aircraft’s occupants in detail prior to committing to the cable, several bags of equipment (including cables to secure the wreck) as well as more than two hundred meters of rope was taken along by the rescuer
Photo: Mountain Club of SA Search and Rescue
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The rescuer’s position was controlled from the top station of the zipline via several long ropes which had to be joined to cover the significant distance
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The rescue was coordinated by the ARCC. The on-scene rescue involved several organisations including a SAPS Air Wing Squirrel Helicopter, Menno Parsons with his Bell 407 helicopter, local Fire Services, ER24, Netcare 911, the CAA, the Zipline operator and MSAR.

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Volunteer rescuers from the Mountain Club of South Africa Search and Rescue (MSAR) which had cableway rescue experience, as well as the necessary equipment (including several hundred meters of rope) were flown to the incident from Johannesburg via helicopters from the SAPS Air Wing and Menno Parsons, a private aircraft owner and pilot.

Photo: Gary Heugh
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Post by Enuf Sed » Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:06 pm

Excellent work indeed and a really great outcome :Like:



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Post by Propnut » Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:29 am

I salute all those involved in this incident. Total commitment.



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Post by Bell 407 » Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:12 pm

Propnut wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:29 am
I salute all those involved in this incident. Total commitment.
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