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DURBAN – A man had to be rescued from the side of a cliff in KwaZulu-Natal after he slipped and fell. Rescue teams said he was drinking when he fell.

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Prem Balram, of Reaction Unit SA, said the 58-year-old man spent about 12 hours trapped in a thicket on the cliff.

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He said they got a call yesterday morning asking for help for the Oakford resident.

Balram said the team had gone to the designated location and managed to follow the man.

Search and rescue officers looking for humans. Image: RUSA

Reaction officers called the man who responded that he was injured and was losing energy.

Balram said officers did not see him because the cliff was covered in vegetation.

Image: RUSA

The man said he was injured and stuck in the bush. SAPS K9 Seach & Rescue and other emergency responders arrived at the scene and had to rappelling down the side of the cliff to help with find the man, “he said.

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Residents alerted RUSA officials to the man’s whereabouts after hearing him scream from the thicket. Image: RUSA

Balram said the man consumed alcohol on Monday night and slipped while walking along the embankment above the cliff.

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Image: RUSA

“He was not seriously injured and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

In another incident, an elderly couple who hiked Sunday in the Umtamvuna Nature Reserve near Port Edward on the south coast of KZN and found themselves lost were rescued on Monday morning.

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