A 52-year-old woman who fell four metres onto rocks at the Kloof Gorge Waterfall in Durban on Sunday has been airlifted to hospital in a serious condition after a gruelling four-hour rescue operation

According to Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst, paramedics responded to the incident at 10:24.

“Reports from the scene indicate that a 52-year-old woman had lost her footing and had fallen approximately four metres onto the rocks below,” Herbst said.

A multidisciplinary team set out on a long hike down to where the woman was located.

Image: Netcare 911

“Once on scene, [she] was found to have sustained serious injuries and was treated on the scene by a Netcare 911 emergency care practitioner.

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“Once stabilised, [she] was carried by the team of rescuers using a specialised stretcher and a rope-rescue system to ascend the steep uphill.

“The mission to bring the patient to a rendezvous point took just under four hours,” Herbst said.

She was then loaded into a Netcare 911 helicopter and flown to a specialist facility.

Image: Netcare 911
Image: Netcare 911
Image: Netcare 911
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