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This isn’t really related to weather, but more associated with an emergency situation. Today, the 22nd of May 2011 saw the Helderberg Nature Reserve host the Helderberg Mountain Challenge, an event with varied levels difficulty. There was the 1km garden dash for those not wanting to tackle the obstacles of the more challenging options. For those willing to challenge themselves a bit more there was the 10.75km HMR (Helderberg Mountain Run) which took place on the lower parts of the mountain. For those wanting to really show how fit they are, there was the 24km route which took runners up to the top peaks of the Helderberg mountain.

I wasn’t aware of the event prior to arriving at the nature reserve and my goal was some avian photography, but on the way up I overheard someone on the phone calling for an emergency helicopter due to an incident involving a runner on the western peak of the mountain, so I decided to sit around and wait for the helicopter so I could get some shots.

Sure enough about 20 minutes later the helicopter was there and within minutes of debriefing on the ground they were up performing the rescue, which took about 15 minutes. I overheard that the incident had involved the runner in question suffering an epileptic attack while on the western peak. Though in the end when the helicopters doors opened up he seemed to be quite well, with a small grin on his face as he was greeted by the emergency rescue members.

As I was exiting the chopper landing area I was informed by one of the rescue personal that I had to seek the permission of the patient should I wish to publish photos with him in them, and as such I have decided to err on the side of caution, and keep the shots of the patient unpublished.

Though if anyone is aware of the contact details of the person in question I’d appreciate you e-mailing them to me so I can get in contact with him and get his permission to publish said photos. You can contact me on stormchasingsa@gmail.com

I am also releasing these images under creative commons licensing, you may republish these images so long as attribution is given to the name ‘Bryn De Kocks’

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