Friends pay tribute to local teen who died in S. Africa

Hugo Vaughan with Wilderness Search and Rescue coordinated the response effort after an American 14-year-old from Houston fell about 30 feet to his death while hiking down Table Mountain, one of Cape Town's main tourist attractions.

June 14, 2010 2:01:19 PM PDT
Friends of a local teenager who died in South Africa on a trip to attend the World Cup set up a unique tribute to him. Ryan Branisa's friends have written messages on yellow paper and tied them to trees outside his home in Bunker Hill. The 14 year old died Saturday while hiking with his family on Table Mountain near Cape Town, South Africa.

He fell 30 feet down to some rocks beside one of the park's waterfalls and died. One teenager we spoke with said he saw Branisa just a few days ago and the two would have attended the same high school in the fall.

"I wrote, 'Hey Ryan, a lot of people are gonna miss you. I saw you a few days ago riding down this street so I figured I'd you know come give my thoughts to you and your family and my prayers are going out to ya'll,'" said friend Tug White.

Fifteen people died climbing in the same park last year and Branisa's death is the ninth fatality this year.