A man was airlifted to hospital in a serious condition after he fell and slid down a cliff for approximately 100 metres in the Swayimane area, KwaZulu Natal.

ER24 paramedics, Life Healthcare,  SAPS Search and Rescue and DUT Rescue, arrived on the scene and immediately began to search the area.

After some time, the man was found near the bottom of the cliff. Despite their best efforts, medics and rescue personnel were unable to reach the patient.

A military rescue helicopter was called to the scene for further assistance. A rescuer was lowered down to the patient, who then assisted in hoisting the patient into the hovering helicopter.

Once the patient had been rescued, an ER24 advanced life support paramedic was picked up to treat the man for his serious injuries. The man was airlifted to Greys Provincial Hospital for further care.