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Jim Jim Falls Rescue

Postby Overlandman » Sun 09 Nov, 2014 9:24 pm

From ABC News
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-09/d ... er/5877958

A Belgian tourist suffering from dehydration has been rescued from the top of Jim Jim Falls in Kakadu National Park after her husband set off an emergency beacon.

It came 11 days after a German national died in a nearby car park on the park's hottest day in a decade, as well as a heat-related death in 2010.

Kakadu operations manager Anthony Contarino said, without an emergency response, the 59-year-old may not have survived.

"A great deal of effort was put in by emergency services," he said.
"Without all those things occurring, it might have been a very different outcome."

He said the track to the top of the falls had been closed due to the hot weather.

"The temperature on top of the escarpment is up to 10 degrees hotter than in the car park because of rocks and radiant heat," he said.

"It was no different to any other day – this time of year it gets hot.

"We received a confirmation around the middle of the day yesterday that an EPIRB (emergency beacon) had been set off. Over the course of the following hours we were able to locate that person and get some medical care to them."

Mr Contarino said the park would look into its track closure signage.

"This person was definitely in an area that was closed," he said.

"From our perspective it was obvious [the track] was closed.

"It's something we have to look into.

"I think visitors generally understand nature is hard place and also understand they do need to be responsible for their own safety."

Jim Jim Falls was shut to visitors today as part of the scheduled wet season closure.
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Re: Jim Jim Falls Rescue

Postby philm » Tue 11 Nov, 2014 7:07 am

The track was closed and he still went in there?
Nature is a hard teacher for those unprepared.
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Re: Jim Jim Falls Rescue

Postby walkerchris77 » Tue 11 Nov, 2014 8:35 am

philm wrote:The track was closed and he still went in there?
Nature is a hard teacher for those unprepared.


Unfortunately there are plenty brain dead people around. Lol.
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Re: Jim Jim Falls Rescue

Postby ofuros » Tue 11 Nov, 2014 11:42 am

'The Build Up', Mango or troppo season is a part of daily life in the N.T. at this time of year.
High temps with building humidity. If it's 32 c in Darwin it's usually 38 - 40 degrees in Kakadu N.P.
Combine strenuous excercise with a lack of fluids & it's a recipe for disaster.
Never under estimate dehydration....it's life threatening.
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Re: Jim Jim Falls Rescue

Postby philm » Tue 11 Nov, 2014 11:47 am

Especially when you ignore signs / advice and are 'unaware' of the risks.....
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Re: Jim Jim Falls Rescue

Postby ofuros » Tue 11 Nov, 2014 12:15 pm

He made a number of bad choices....doesn't make up for his lack of common sense, but I'm glad he's alive.

Condolences to family of the German national who died 11 days earlier. Senseless.
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Re: Jim Jim Falls Rescue

Postby north-north-west » Tue 11 Nov, 2014 2:39 pm

ofuros wrote:'The Build Up', Mango or troppo season is a part of daily life in the N.T. at this time of year....

There's a reason many locals call it 'The Suicide Season'.
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Re: Jim Jim Falls Rescue

Postby Avid Hiker38 » Thu 13 Nov, 2014 5:52 pm

Some people cant seem to comprehend the size and remoteness of Australia and how extreme the weather is, so are often unprepared
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