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Canyoning death in Blue Mountains
6:34:36 PM

Missing canyoner believed to be dead: police
January 14, 2010 - 6:17PM
One of six missing canyoners is believed to be dead and two others in the group have been flown to hospital after a day-long search for the group in the Blue Mountains.

In a statement, police said the crew of the police helicopter had located the group of bushwalkers about 4.20pm.

Initial reports indicated one of the canyoners had died, police said.

Low, thick cloud is preventing police from airlifting to safety the three other canyoners who failed to return from a trip to the Wollangambe Canyon on Tuesday evening.

Police were yet to speak to the survivors to determine what had happened to the group.

The group - two men, 25 and 27, two women, also 25 and 27, and two boys, aged 13 and 15 - set out through the Wollangambe One canyon at Mount Wilson for a day trip about 7.30am on Tuesday.

They were expected to return on Tuesday afternoon, but worried relatives called police when the group was not back by 10.30pm.

Almost eight hours after 50 emergency service personnel resumed the search, police remained hopeful.

But this afternoon, police revealed that the group had become separated and was sighted by PolAir at 4.20pm.

"They've located what they believe to a deceased person," Blue Mountains police Inspector Max Wallace said.

Police did not know the nature of the injuries.

The injured were flown to Richmond air force base.

I have no idea why but this missing group has barely been reported in victorian news. 6 have been missing since tuesday until now.

8:25:52 PM
A little bit of the same info and a little bit more info than report above.

A canyoning trip in NSW’s rugged Blue Mountain has ended in tragedy with one of the group of six young people killed in a rock fall.

The canyoners - two boys aged 13 and 15, two women aged 25 and 27 and two men aged 25 and 27 - were reported missing by relatives after failing to return from a planned day trip to the Wollangambe Canyon on Tuesday.

Emergency services had been searching for the group for two days when police helicopter Polair located them, reportedly in two groups, in a canyon near Mount Wilson about 4.20pm (AEDT) on Thursday.

The 27-year-old woman and 13-year-old boy were first to be airlifted out.

They were taken to hospital suffering dehydration and minor abrasions.

Low, thick cloud prevented police from immediately airlifting the remaining members of the party from the canyon, including a dead male.

Paramedics were to have been sent into the area on foot to rendezvous with the survivors about 9pm, but a break in the weather allowed PolAir to winch the three remaining survivors to safety just after 6.20pm.

Their conditions are unknown, and the body remains in the canyon, trapped under the rock fall.

"Police are waiting to speak to them to determine the exact circumstances surrounding the incident," police said in a statement.

Poor weather has hampered efforts to retrieve the body and it may not be removed from the site until Friday.

Relatives have been waiting for information at a police staging post at Mount Wilson Rural Fire Service base since Wednesday.

The group set out at 7.30am (AEDT) on Tuesday and relatives reported them missing after they failed to return as scheduled on Tuesday afternoon and could not be contacted by phone.

Some of the group were said to be experienced canyoners, with one having previously completed the trip, and all six had adequate clothing and supplies.

owever, police have expressed frustration that bushwalkers continue to venture into the wilderness without emergency beacons.

"Certainly it’s disappointing," Blue Mountains Police Inspector Max Wallace told reporters before the group was found.

"People can go on walks they’ve been on before, as in this case, and can perhaps be overconfident in their abilities to achieve the walk without any problems.‘‘But the nature of this environment is that you can encounter problems."

Earlier in the day, police had said wet weather which hampered their search was also improving their chances of survival.

"It has been raining, but at least there hasn’t been excessive heat," Blue Mountains Local Area Command Crime Manager Detective Inspector Michael Bostock said.

"‘If it was too hot, they’d likely be dehydrated and suffering from heat exhaustion. The weather also assists the searchers."

8:43:10 PM
are the beacons any use in canyons?
9:43:42 PM
On 14/01/2010 gordoste wrote:
>are the beacons any use in canyons?

Most canyon accidents don't have time for beacons. If you get into trouble things can turn pear shaped pretty quickly. I had some friends of friends get into trouble last summer. Minor mishaps can spiral out of control when there is cold water involved.

Have a read of this if you haven't already. It is a sobering account of a tragic canyoning accident death.

salty crag
10:44:54 PM
Sobering read. My son thinks I'm a tad anal re-safety, not going to change cause the little details all count in the long run.

12:11:06 AM
A group of nine canyoners starting late in winter down Carra Beanga Brook, which has 16 abseils and not one member of the party had done the canyon previously. F*cking Hell! That sounds like they were looking for a disaster. It's amazing there weren't more fatalities.
One Day Hero
1:25:23 AM
Dehydration and Heatstroke as potential hazards on the Wollongambie?!?

9:29:08 AM

A bit more of an update, such a tragedy when this happens to some one young.

9:36:39 AM
On 15/01/2010 One Day Hero wrote:
>Dehydration and Heatstroke as potential hazards on the Wollongambie?!?

I see your point but I disagree. Once you're out of the canyon or creek in the bluies finding water is a bit of an art unless its pissing down. Also canyons like this one are often done by groups with inexperienced members. All it takes is one fat useless prick and things go slow. All reports so far are conjecture.

Sounds to me they missed the exit, tried to get out anyway, someone bought it and then things got really bad. I feel sorry for them.

9:38:15 AM
On 15/01/2010 MonkeyBoy wrote:
10:59:44 AM
Sad news indeed. I know one of the families, my most sincere condolences for their loss.

11:01:45 AM
On 14/01/2010 patto wrote:
>Have a read of this if you haven't already. It is a sobering account of a tragic canyoning accident death.

And if you find that page hard to read, this might be of use: readability.
11:24:20 AM
Does the Australian Accident Register still exist?

11:29:04 AM
The site seems to be down but the google groups are still there:
11:39:48 AM
Yeah, I googled it to, but it doesn't appear to be very up to date. I was wondering whether someone who knew Lucas Trihey might know more.
Richard Delaney
12:03:49 PM
Yep, long story but for a whole bunch of reasons we're not updating it anymore and are not renewing
the domain.
12:05:07 PM
Richard, bummer - sad to see it go it was a great idea. Thanks for the stuff you did on it anyway (and Lucas).
1:28:47 PM
On 15/01/2010 Richard Delaney wrote:
>Yep, long story but for a whole bunch of reasons we're not updating it
>anymore and are not renewing
>the domain.

It certainly was a good resource. Out of interest, was the reason you stopped doing it a time an money thing, or were there legal reasons?

1:37:23 PM
Perhaps it's time to fork this discussion into it's own thread?
5:03:46 PM
"A teenager missing in the Blue Mountains for two days was killed in a rockfall just hours before his five companions were rescued.

Police Rescue, using a PolAir chopper, winched the body of bushwalker Nick Delaney up from the place where he died in the Blue Mountains yesterday. He was brought back to Mount Wilson shortly after 2.40pm.

Detective Inspector Mick Bostock confirmed that preliminary reports suggested the boy’s death was the result of a rockfall yesterday - two days after the group went missing.

‘‘We have second-hand information to that effect,’’ he said from the search headquarters at Mount Wilson today.

‘‘Our detectives intend to interview the other canyoners later today.’’

A police rescue officer and two specialist parademics spent last night in rugged bushland north of Wollangambe Canyon after Nick's five companions were rescued yesterday afternoon.

The group of six had been missing since Tuesday evening after they failed to return from a day-long canyoning trip near Mount Wilson."

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