Table Mountain Cableway operational after delays due to rescue in fatal abseiling incident

2018-01-02 10:20 - Selene Brophy
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Table Mountain Cableway.

Cape Town - Some 800 tourists were stranded on top of Table Mountain on Monday night, as a major rescue operation included the use of the cable car following a fatal abseiling incident on the popular new wonder of nature attraction in the Mother City.  

News24 reports the bodies of a female foreign tourist and a local male guide were retrieved early on Tuesday morning, 2 Janaury from the site of an abseiling accident on Table Mountain.

Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) says operations only wrapped up 06:00 as the bodies were taken off the mountain, using the cable car. Read the full report here.

And while the Cable Way is in full swing on Tuesday, some 800 tourists were left stranded on the mountain during the rescue operation.

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According to the cable car company, all tourists were "brought back to the base by 02:00".  

Despite the frustration there were resounding messages of admiration for the way the rescue was executed - some even opted to hike down instead of endure the extensive wait.