CREB a car park

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

THE CREB Track is be­gin­ning to look like a car park af­ter three large groups of tourists - in­clud­ing a 10-month-old baby - were air­lifted to safety af­ter their ve­hi­cles be­came bogged over the week­end.

Moss­man po­lice ar­ranged two search and res­cue mis­sions with EMQ He­li­copter 510, cost­ing ap­prox­i­mately $6000 per hour.

The first mis­sion was or­gan­ised when four ve­hi­cles be­came stranded ap­prox­i­mately 15km north of Dain­tree Vil­lage on the CREB Track at 6.30pm on Fri­day night. Eight tourists from Cairns, in­clud­ing a 10-month-old baby, had been stranded on the track since Thurs­day morn­ing and climbed to the top of a hill to gain re­cep­tion and con­tact po­lice.

Moss­man Of­fi­cer-in-Charge Sergeant Ed Lukin ar­ranged for the EMQ Res­cue He­li­copter 510 to air­lift all eight of them to Dain­tree State School where they were trans­ported by po­lice back to Moss­man.

Moss­man po­lice were con­tacted again at 10am on Sun­day when 11 more tourists be­came bogged in ex­actly the same lo­ca­tion.

Three of the oc­cu­pants de­cided to walk along the track in search for help, bor­row­ing a mo­bile phone from an­other group of tourists who were also bogged.

Again Moss­man po­lice ar­ranged for the EMQ Res­cue He­li­copter 510 to air­lift the eight tourists out of the area at 4pm that day while the three walk­ers were lo­cated at Lake­land Downs.

“The group were un­in­jured how­ever the other group, in­volv­ing up to 10 peo­ple, re­fused to be air­lifted and have de­cided to ’wait it out’ and travel once the track has dried,” Sgt Lukin said.

Po­lice are ad­vis­ing mo­torists to be well pre­pared be­fore tack­ling the CREB Track.

“At the time the CREB Track was open how­ever I would re­quest that peo­ple take sig­nif­i­cant prepa­ra­tions prior to tack­ling the CREB Track,” Sgt Ed Lukin said.

“This may in­clude ring­ing Moss­man po­lice to de­ter­mine any lo­calised rain­fall in that area, con­tact­ing a Dain­tree lo­cal to ask about the con­di­tions of the track or con­tact­ing the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil.They need to seek lo­cal ad­vice prior to trav­el­ling along the track and any­one who en­ters the track while it is closed will be pros­e­cuted.”

The CREB Track has been closed and clo­sure signs have been posted at both the south­ern and north­ern ends of the track.

For in­for­ma­tion about the CREB Track con­tact Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil on 4044 3044 or 1800 070 444.

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