CREB a car park
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.