Fury at hoax call out
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.