Beau­ti­ful one mo­ment, and deadly the next

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

Lo­cal emer­gency ser­vices res­cued a fe­male hiker who fell at a gorge in Kar­i­jini Na­tional Park, about 70km from Tom Price, last week.

The WA woman, aged in her 50s, was hik­ing with a friend at about 9.30am on Tues­day when she fell in Hamer­s­ley Gorge and in­jured her leg.

The De­part­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices co-or­di­nated a carry-out res­cue op­er­a­tion with Tom Price SES vol­un­teers, Tom Price po­lice, St John Am­bu­lance, and a ranger.

They re­cov­ered the woman about 1pm and trans­ported her to Tom Price Hospi­tal with in­juries to both legs.

Tom Price SES res­cue team leader Si­mon David­son said although the woman had fallen a rel­a­tively short dis­tance, she had sus­tained “fairly se­ri­ous” in­juries and “was never go­ing to walk out of there” with­out be­ing res­cued.

He said it was a timely re­minder that while Kar­i­jini was a beau­ti­ful place, it also held risks of which hik­ers needed to be aware.

“Kar­i­jini can be a very dan­ger­ous area, and peo­ple need to obey all the sig­nage and di­rec­tions from rangers to en­sure they stay safe,” he said.

“The rangers out there do an amaz­ing job and our res­cue rate in the last few years has dropped a lot be­cause of their work.

“But it is a dan­ger­ous place and peo­ple re­ally need to know, if they see sig­nage up or they’re given di­rec­tions from a ranger, it’s for a very good rea­son and it’s be­cause peo­ple have been hurt there be­fore.”

Mr David­son said steep in­clines, loose rocks, slip­pery con­di­tions, cold wa­ter, heat, and snakes were all risks in the area.

Picture: WA News

Hik­ers fol­low the course of a creek up Hamer­s­ley Gorge in Kar­i­jini Na­tional Park.

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