Texas teen falls to his death in Cape Town tragedy
A 14-year-old American tourist in South Africa during the World
Cup plunged to his death from Table Mountain while hiking with his
family, police said Sunday.
The teenager was hiking down the top tourist attraction with his
brother and parents in wet conditions on Saturday when he slipped
on a trail known as Skeleton Gorge shortly after 2:00 pm (1200
“He slipped and he fell. As a result of the injuries he
sustained, he died immediately there,” said police spokesman Billy
Rescuers brought down the body and the family were assisted by
the department of tourism and the United States embassy, he
The family, who are from Texas, were vacationing in South Africa
and intended to watch some World Cup matches, said Jones.
They were hiking down the landmark Cape Town tourist site after
catching the mountain’s cable car to the top, he said.
The family have not been identified.
“We’ve been in touch with the family throughout,” U.S. consulate
spokesman Nathan Holt told AFP.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and we are
grateful to the South African authorities for their excellent
Cape Town is known for wet winters with the thick mist commonly
shrouding the mountain’s flat top, which overlooks the city, known
as the peak’s tablecloth. The highest point on Table Mountain is
3,560 feet (1085 meters).