Oudtshoorn

  • Pinnacle Point Mossel Bay
  • AMS Oudtshoorn Crew
  • AMS Oudtshoorn

The past financial year has been one of the busiest that the Oudtshoorn base has seen since its incepion. 438 missions were flown, with 525.1 flying hours and 359 patients were flown. 17 mountain and 1 sea rescue mission were completed.

Close partnership with members of the Provincial Government of the Western Cape’s Emergency Medical Services has been essential to the operation. The dedication and skill of the medics and rescue technicians that are involved in the AMS operation without being permanent employees is truly exemplary. Our relationship with the services that show such support to the AMS hugely benefit our patients is something which we are justifiably proud of. Inter-facility transfers remain the bulk of the missions flown by the Oudtshoorn rotor wing. The hospitals in the area serviced by the Oudtshoorn rotor wing see all manner of challenging medical and trauma cases, and many doctors have expressed relief knowing that their patients will not have to undergo long and arduous journeys by road but can have a quick and smooth flight to definitive care. This is only possible thanks to the enormous investment in aeromedicine that the Western Cape Department of Health has made on behalf of its patients, and it is because of that investment that the AMS can continue changing lives, saving lives. We look forward to a year of further growth and development.

The Oudtshoorn base was established at the beginning of June 2005. Oudtshoorn was chosen due to its central location in terms of serving rural communities, easy access to referral hospitals, as well as its close proximity to the N1 and N2 highways, which have a notoriously high motor vehicle accident rate.

The helicopter complements the existing ground ambulance service by providing immediate access to Advanced Life Support (ALS) for critically ill or injured patients in the eastern part of the Western Cape Province.

The helicopter will ideally cover a 200 km radius from its base and service Beaufort West, Calitzdorp, Heidelberg, Knysna, Ladismith, Laingsburg, Leeu Gamka, Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay, Prince Albert, Riversdale and Uniondale.

Oudtshoorn Fleet

AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)
  • AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)
  • AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)
  • AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)

AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)

  • Air Ambulance and Rescue
  • Fully equipped with a dedicated, mobile intensive care-type interior, with sling and winch capacity with emergency floatation gear for operations over the sea.
  • Cruises at 250km/hr, operating radius of 200km, but can be utilised for further distances.
  • Has a capacity for two pilots, three crew members and one stretcher.
  • Utilised for mountain and surf rescues, as well as inter-hospital transfers and primary calls.

AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)
  • AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)
  • AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)
  • AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)

AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)

  • Air Ambulance and Rescue
  • Fully equipped with a dedicated, mobile intensive care-type interior, with sling and winch capacity with emergency floatation gear for operations over the sea.
  • Cruises at 250km/hr, operating radius of 200km, but can be utilised for further distances.
  • Has a capacity for two pilots, three crew members and one stretcher.
  • Utilised for mountain and surf rescues, as well as inter-hospital transfers and primary calls.

Oudtshoorn Team

Graham Archibald

Rotor Wing Pilot

Graham Archibald

Graham Archibald

Rotor Wing Pilot

Rotor Wing Pilot

Theodore Schilder

Emergency Care Technician (ECT), External Load Operator (ELO)/ Base Supervisor

Theodore Schilder

Theodore Schilder

Emergency Care Technician (ECT), External Load Operator (ELO)/ Base Supervisor

Emergency Care Technician (ECT), External Load Operator (ELO)/ Base Supervisor

Stephan Rossouw

Rotor Wing Pilot

Stephan Rossouw

Stephan Rossouw

Rotor Wing Pilot

Rotor Wing Pilot

Mohammed Shaik

Emergency Care Technician (ECT), External Load Operator (ELO)

Mohammed Shaik

Mohammed Shaik

Emergency Care Technician (ECT), External Load Operator (ELO)

Emergency Care Technician (ECT), External Load Operator (ELO)

Yolandi Laing

Emergency Care Practitioner

Yolandi Laing

Yolandi Laing

Emergency Care Practitioner

Emergency Care Practitioner

Heath Gillot

Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP)

Heath Gillot

Heath Gillot

Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP)

Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP)

Oudtshoorn Messages

The Oudtshoorn base was established at the beginning of June 2005. Oudtshoorn was chosen due to its central location in terms of serving rural communities, easy access to referral hospitals, as well as its close proximity to the N1 and N2 highways, which have a notoriously high motor vehicle accident rate.

The helicopter complements the existing ground ambulance service by providing immediate access to Advanced Life Support (ALS) for critically ill or injured patients in the eastern part of the Western Cape Province.

The helicopter will ideally cover a 200 km radius from its base and service Beaufort West, Calitzdorp, Heidelberg, Knysna, Ladismith, Laingsburg, Leeu Gamka, Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay, Prince Albert, Riversdale and Uniondale. 

Oudtshoorn Gallery

Oudtshoorn Eden District / Central Karoo Rescue Service Launch

The SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service and the Western Cape Department of Health Metro emergency medical service launched the Eden District / Central Karoo rescue service on the 17 November 2009.

AMS would like to take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors who have made the Oudtshoorn Rescue Launch possible. AMS and the Western Cape Department of Health METRO Emergency Medical Services was proud to announce the expansion of the Oudtshoorn aero-medical service, with the addition of the rescue service for the community of the Eden and Central Karoo District. Rescue missions are performed by the AgustaWestland 119Ke helicopter. The aircraft will be utilised for mountain and surf rescues as well as inter-hospital transfers and primary calls, operating during daylight hours. The aircraft is fully equipped with a dedicated, mobile intensive care-type interior, with sling and winch capacity with emergency floatation gear for operations over the sea. It has the capacity for two pilots, three crew members and one stretcher patient.

We would like to thank the following sponsors who have donated items, financial donations and their time in making the event a success:

  • Cango Wild Life Ranch
  • Oudtshoorn Municipality
  • Kango Winery
  • Kannaland Municipality
  • Jan Kritsinger
  • Oudtshoorn Aero Club
  • Gawie Swart
  • Rob Hall
  • Matt Schoeder
  • Johan Kriegler
  • John Minnie
  • Cango Model Flying Club
  • Oudtshoorn Courant
  • Fanies Bakwerke

Oudtshoorn Eden District / Central Karoo Rescue Service Launch

Oudtshoorn Eden District / Central Karoo Rescue Service Launch

The SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service and the Western Cape Department of Health Metro emergency medical service launched the Eden District / Central Karoo rescue service on the 17 November 2009.

AMS would like to take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors who have made the Oudtshoorn Rescue Launch possible. AMS and the Western Cape Department of Health METRO Emergency Medical Services was proud to announce the expansion of the Oudtshoorn aero-medical service, with the addition of the rescue service for the community of the Eden and Central Karoo District. Rescue missions are performed by the AgustaWestland 119Ke helicopter. The aircraft will be utilised for mountain and surf rescues as well as inter-hospital transfers and primary calls, operating during daylight hours. The aircraft is fully equipped with a dedicated, mobile intensive care-type interior, with sling and winch capacity with emergency floatation gear for operations over the sea. It has the capacity for two pilots, three crew members and one stretcher patient.

We would like to thank the following sponsors who have donated items, financial donations and their time in making the event a success:

  • Cango Wild Life Ranch
  • Oudtshoorn Municipality
  • Kango Winery
  • Kannaland Municipality
  • Jan Kritsinger
  • Oudtshoorn Aero Club
  • Gawie Swart
  • Rob Hall
  • Matt Schoeder
  • Johan Kriegler
  • John Minnie
  • Cango Model Flying Club
  • Oudtshoorn Courant
  • Fanies Bakwerke

South African Red Cross Society and AMS sends food parcels to Oudtshoorn

The South African Red Cross Society and AMS sends food parcels to stranded and helpless victims of the Oudtshoorn floods. Photographer: Roger Sedres

South African Red Cross Society and AMS sends food parcels to Oudtshoorn

South African Red Cross Society and AMS sends food parcels to Oudtshoorn

The South African Red Cross Society and AMS sends food parcels to stranded and helpless victims of the Oudtshoorn floods. Photographer: Roger Sedres

Flood Rescue - Oudtshoorn

Tourists are rescued from a flood that capsized bus.

Flood Rescue - Oudtshoorn

Flood Rescue - Oudtshoorn

Tourists are rescued from a flood that capsized bus.