On Friday, 12 November 2021 at about 09h30, field rangers who were holding an Observation post at Mfabeni Game Reserve reported hearing a gun shot being fired to the north of Tewate Wilderness Area on the Eastern Shores of Lake St Lucia at iSimangaliso Wetland Park
The Field Rangers called for a backup and a helicopter with four additional field rangers was immediately dispatched. As the helicopter flew above the area, two boats at the bank of the Lake were spotted. A decision was immediately taken to monitor the area nearby the boats as it was suspected that the poachers who had left those boats will return for them. The four rangers disembarked from the helicopter and began patrolling the area on foot.
As they were patrolling, at a distance, four poachers were observed walking towards the two boats. It was further noted that one poacher was carrying a gun. As the four poachers were about to push the boats back to the river, from a safe distance, one Field Ranger cautioned the poachers to surrender.