Cape Town police have started investigating an incident where two people died while climbing Table Mountain on Monday.

Another person was also injured and hospitalised.

Hundreds of holiday-makers and international tourists were stranded on top of the iconic landmark as a difficult rescue and retrieve operation was undertaken using one of the cable cars.

“We can confirm that the deceased persons, one local 60-year-old man and one foreign national,  28-year-old woman’s bodies were retrieved from Table Mountain National Parks early on Tuesday morning.  We opened an inquest case for further investigation, the investigation continues,” says Police spokesperson FC van Wyk.

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