GEORGE NEWS - A group of hikers were rescued by members of the NSRI Wilderness after they got into a spot of trouble while hiking in the canyon near Kaaimans River on Monday 17 June at approximately 15:25.
"An NSRI crewman, who was on the Kaaimans river at the time, alerted our NSRI Wilderness crew about a group of hikers appearing to be in difficulty in the canyon," said Robert van Heldsingen, NSRI Wilderness station commander.
According to Van Heldsingen, the NSRI was also alerted to the hikers' dilemma by police and someone at the Kaaimans restaurant.
"They were requesting assistance as the hike was taking longer than expected and they were concerned about nightfall approaching."
When an NSRI crewman reached the group they were all doing fine. "They were just cold and tired. The hike they were on was taking a bit longer than they expected it would. By that stage our sea rescue craft, Clemengold Rescuer, had already been launched and went as far up the river as it could. NSRI crew members then hiked further and met up with the party who were being walked downriver, assisted by the crewman. We transported them to the restaurant, after which no further assistance was required," said Van Heldsingen.
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