25 Oct 2010

From Kommetjie to the Sentinel

From Kommetjie to the Sentinel

This is an amazing panoramic taken from Chapmans Peak, with Kommetjie to the south and the Sentinel to the north.

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06 Oct 2010

SANParks not so wild!

SANParks not so wild!

By Rafiq Wagiet from Eyewitness News:

South Africa National Parks is declining to elaborate on why it has withdrawn from a court application to evict illegal settlers from the slopes of the Sentinel in Hout Bay…

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15 Sep 2010

Land Wars in Hout Bay

This report was compiled by Greg Louw, a Hangberg resident. A new land issue has arisen over a section of land, that was previously thought to be council land that is in fact privately owned,  as reported by Greg Louw. 790Tv is waiting for the owner to comment.

It has been proven once again that due to ill communication, community problems continue to exist. Stay tuned to 790Tv, to keep informed on community issues.

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30 Aug 2010

Jumping off the Sentinel

Here is an amazing clip on the sport of “Base-Jumping” and how a group of enthusiasts use the Sentinel as a point of departure. Thanks to POC Productions.

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15 Aug 2010

Free-diving teen takes last breath

Free-diving teen takes last breath

Taken from the Cape Argus By Leila Samodien

The body of a teenager has been recovered after he drowned while free diving off the cliffs between the Sentinel and Duiker Island in Hout Bay.

Bernard da Silva, 19, from Hangberg in Hout Bay, was apparently free diving with two friends late on Friday afternoon.

When he failed to come up after a dive, his friends alerted a caretaker at the nearby sewerage plant, who contacted the authorities.

The National Sea Rescue Institute deployed a rescue team as soon as they were alerted. However, Brad Geyser, NSRI station commander in Hout Bay, said that by that time almost 30 minutes had passed since Da Silva went under.

They had sent rescue volunteers and three rescue boats – one from Kommetjie and two from Hout Bay. In addition, there had been response from the Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services, the Metro Ambulance and Rescue Services, and a local security team. The Police Dive Unit joined the search later.

When Da Silva had not been found by nightfall, they called off the search for the night.

On Saturday Da Silva’s body was found in the high-water area near where he had gone missing the day before.

Geyser said the area was dangerous for free diving. “It’s not safe because there are a couple of rocks with channels running underneath them. This causes suction, and it’s easy for people to get trapped.”

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