Beautiful one moment, and deadly the next
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.
Hikers follow the course of a creek up Hamersley Gorge in Karijini National Park.