This is the only number required when you experience an emergency anywhere in the entire Western Cape, even elsewhere if you have no other number. Use it only in a genuine emergency. This number reaches Metro Control directly, with the least time wasted. You can phone them for any other emergency as well (lost hikers, people needing assistance in the mountains, on the beaches, etc.)
If not you will need to dispatch a party to the nearest cell phone reception area or other telephone and follow these guidelines. (If a cell phone, make sure it is adequately charged)
Speak clearly and calmly, stay rational.
Tell the operator:
You will be guided through questions by the operator. Answer any further questions e.g. about your location details, how to get there and the condition of the patient.
Follow these guidelines will enable the rescue authorities to respond rapidly and correctly, even fly in if conditions allow ... and possibly save a life.
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