World news – Gympie hiker dies at popular FNQ waterfall after fall


The 31-year-old hiker from Gympie, southeastern, was pronounced dead at Cairns Base Hospital after being flown from the falls aboard the Rescue 510 helicopter in critical condition.

« She sustained some pretty serious head injuries at Barron Gorge, » said a Queensland police spokeswoman.

Early reports that the woman fell from the waterfall were found to be false after police and paramedics were on site and spoke to the woman’s partner.

Ambulance personnel faced an hour-long hike from the Barron Gorge parking lot to the scene after being dropped off at around 11:16 a.m.

Stoney Creek Falls is located in Barron Gorge National Park, which is administered by the Department of the Environment and Science.

Earlier this month, the Queensland Parks and Wildlife published a safety alert for hikers visiting their parks.

« With heavy rainfall comes significant increases in streams and creeks, » said James Newman, executive director of QPWS Northern Parks and Forests

« Conditions for creeks and creeks can change rapidly, with fast flowing and rapidly rising water causing strong currents. During these times, it’s important that people stay safe and not get into the water. »

« QPWS will assist the Queensland Police in their investigation if they prepare a report for the coroner, » the spokeswoman said.


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