A TOURIST from Germany, who went for a walk in the mountains to the east of Windhoek, had to be rescued by a helicopter from the Namibian Police Air Wing after he developed problems with his heart.
According to Conrad Jacobs, he and five other rescue paramedics from Medical Rescue 24/7 were called to the farm on which the tourists ran into trouble. He said that they had to climb about 500 metres up the mountain slope to assist the 70-year-old visitor.
“The old man was accompanied by four other tourists and they all went walking up the mountain to the east of the Dordabis road near the Nampower substation. When we reached the man he was unable to walk and we would not have been able to carry him all the way down the slope.”
Jacobs said they then called on the Namibian Police for help with the helicopter.
“We had to stabilize the visitor and when the helicopter arrived we helped him to get in and he was taken to a hospital in Windhoek.”
He said one of the paramedics assisted the tourist in the helicopter while they were flying back to Windhoek and the rest of the rescue team and the remaining tourists walked down the mountain to their respective vehicles.