Cableway donates equipment to boost the speed of Wilderness Search and Rescue operations

Cableway donates equipment to boost the speed of Wilderness Search and Rescue operations


Table Mountain Cableway has donated state of the art technical equipment to Wilderness Search and Rescue, which will significantly increase the safety, efficiency and speed of rescue operations, and enable missions into areas where the terrain prevents the use of traditional pulley-based systems.

Nic Le Maitre of Wilderness Search and Rescue said the world of technical rescue rigging was changing fast and as a public benefit organisation they greatly appreciated the Cableway’s donation of a Harken Rigger and a Milwaukee Super Hawg Drill.

“Using the new winch driven by the battery powered drill driver will increase safety and efficiency of rescue operations and will assist us with cliff based technical rescues where speed is of the essence, or terrain prevents us from using our normal pulley-based systems,” said Le Maitre. “We estimate that we could reduce the time required for a rescue from around 45 minutes to 15 minutes in total.”

Cableway Managing Director Wahida Parker, speaking at the equipment handover during the Cableway’s annual Supplier Function held on Wednesday 21 February 2018 said, “We have always maintained a close relationship with Wilderness Search and Rescue, and will continue to assist them where we can. We hope this additional piece of equipment will make a pivotal difference to future rescue operations and the incredible work that Wilderness Search and Rescue do on a daily basis.”

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