Hiker dis­tress prompts warn­ing on wa­ter needs

Midwest Times - - NEWS -

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son said hik­ers in Kal­barri Na­tional Park needed to carry three to four litres of wa­ter per per­son, per day.

His warn­ing comes af­ter two in­ci­dents late last month of sus­pected de­hy­dra­tion at Kal­barri Na­tional Park, one of them fa­tal.

A 27-year-old man died on Oc­to­ber 27 af­ter com­plet­ing the 8km loop trail in the park.

Two days later a 62-year-old woman and her hus­band were at­tempt­ing the loop trail, but turned back af­ter 3km, with the woman later col­laps­ing be­tween Na­ture’s Win­dow and the carpark.

A doc­tor was on site and ad­min­is­tered first aid be­fore St John Am­bu­lance ar­rived and trans­ported her to the Kal­barri med­i­cal cen­tre by am­bu­lance.

Drink­ing wa­ter is not avail­able in Kal­barri Na­tional Park so vis­i­tors must carry their own sup­ply and be pre­pared for un­ex­pected changes in weather.

Some ar­eas, such as gorges, may ex­pe­ri­ence tem­per­a­tures of­ten up to 10C higher on hot days, or much lower in the shade of the steep gorge walls.

Na­ture's Win­dow.

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