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Blue Mountains Accident 21/12/13 25-Dec-2013 At 10:12:55 AM FatCanyoner
Yep, the police report will definitely go to the coroner. The coroner will make a decision -- based on those facts -- as to whether an inquest in warranted. While us outdoor types would appreciate it, especially for the potential to learn what went wrong and to improve practices, my gut feeling is there won't be one in this case. A couple years ago a 16 year old boy died while canyoning with his brothers and friends near Mt Wilson. They overshot the exit to Wollangambe 1, got lost, ended up on the wrong side of the river, and weren't found for a couple days due to bad weather. He died not long before they were found when a rock fell on him. After about 18 months of waiting for an inquest I asked around and discovered the coroner has quietly decided not to do one, in a large part because of the pain it would cause the family (his brothers were running the trip). It seems that unless a school / club / commercial operator / emergency services error / etc is involved in a bush death, it doesn't usually result in an inquest. I'm not sure, but I think the coroners findings -- even when no inquest occurs -- do become public documents. That would include the police report. We'll just have to wait a year or two...

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