Spate of res­cues from Kar­i­jini

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Pic­ture: Rourke Walsh

Handrail Pool in Kar­i­jini Na­tional Park.

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