Monday, January 09, 2006

Climber in coma after Table Mountain fall

An experienced climber who fell from Table Mountain on Friday is in a coma in a critical condition with severe head injuries. Hugh Stevens, a registered mountain guide and Wilderness Search and Rescue volunteer, fell 20-metres on the cliff face beneath the cable car, splitting open his protective helmet. He underwent surgery at a local hospital to repair multiple compound fractures to his leg, and also suffered broken ribs. Stevens was leading two German climbers up the mountain at the time, and it took several hours for rescuers to bring him to safety.

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