Spate of rescues from Karijini
An unusually high number of rescues at Karijini National Park during the first half of this year, including three in the space of three days this month, has been a matter of bad luck, according to local authorities.
Department of Parks and Wildlife rangers have so far this year under taken about 10 rescues at Karijini with assistance from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Tom Price SES, Tom Price police and St John Ambulance.
The most recent were three this month, when on Friday, May 12, emergency services rescued a 34-year-old woman from Hamersley Gorge with a suspected broken ankle and a 29-yearold man from Kalamina Gorge with a broken leg within hours of each other.
Two days later, on Sunday, May 14, a 66-year-old woman had to be rescued from Weono Gorge’s Handrail Pool after she slipped in the area while on a tour and broke her shoulder.
Tom Price police officer-in-charge Sergeant Tony Di Giuseppe said officers had been involved in about five of this year’s rescues at Karijini, but put the most recent three cases down to accidents.
“The one saving grace of the three on the weekend was that everyone was doing the right thing,” he said.
“They were all on the right tracks and all walking in the right areas.
“It was just a matter of tripping or slipping on something or losing their footing, whereas a few of the others we had earlier in the year were in areas that were marked as hazardous.”
Sgt Di Giuseppe said weather conditions and tourist numbers at Karijini appeared to be normal.
He urged park visitors to pay close attention to signs and be vigilant about their own safety.
Handrail Pool in Karijini National Park.