Fury at hoax call out

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Madi­son Wil­liams

PO­LICE and emer­gency work­ers are an­gry af­ter hav­ing been called out to a sup­posed se­ri­ous car crash near Cow Bay that turned out to be a hoax or false alarm.

The dash by emer­gency ve­hi­cles – in tor­ren­tial rain over the haz­ardous range road – cost thou­sands of dol­lars, in­volv­ing Port Dou­glas and Moss­man paramedics, Port Dou­glas po­lice and two fire trucks from Moss­man and Port Dou­glas, and ru­ral fireys and SES from Dain­tree. If the weather had per­mit­ted, even the res­cue he­li­copter would have been dis­patched as well.

A con­se­quence was that there were no emer­gency ser­vices avail­able south of the Dain­tree River for that pe­riod, the near­est be­ing Smith­field.

“We’re re­ally an­gry about it,” said Port Dou­glas am­bu­lance sta­tion of­fi­cer in charge Ian Day. “It’s so frus­trat­ing.” Here’s what hap­pened. Last Thurs­day night at 10 o’clock an emer­gency call to Triple 0 said a Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle car had skid­ded off the road and there were pas­sen­gers trapped in­side.

The con­voy of emer­gency ve­hi­cles searched the road in the district named and found noth­ing. Ac­cord­ing to a source, an in­tox­i­cated fe­male re­ported that she had driven past the crash on her way to the Cow Bay Ho­tel.

Sergeant Damian Mead­ows of Port Dou­glas said in­ves­ti­ga­tions are con­tin­u­ing.

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