Man’s lucky rescue at Karijini

Caitlyn WattsPilbara News
Fortescue Falls in Karijini National Park.
Camera IconFortescue Falls in Karijini National Park. Credit: Denise Kacin

A 70-year-old tourist was rescued in Karijini National Park last week after suffering a medical episode while swimming in one of the popular pools.

The man was with his wife at Fortescue Falls when he blacked out in the water at about 5.30pm last Monday. Tom Price police, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, State Emergency Services and St John Ambulance assisted with the rescue, as well as an off-duty doctor and nurse who were at the gorge at the time. The man was taken to Tom Price Hospital for observations as it was initially suspected he suffered a heart attack. However, he was later given the all-clear and has resumed his travels around the Pilbara.

Tom Price Senior Constable Luke Williams said the man was fortunate he had medical assistance on the scene and reminded tourists to be aware of their health while travelling.

“He was very lucky,” he said.

“It’s probably a timely reminder for people who do have pre-existing conditions to make sure they are monitoring them and that they look at their medications and make sure they are on top of it before they go and do something exerting like climbing down gorges and swimming in holes.”

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Sen. Const. Williams said the scare didn’t halt the man and wife’s travels, with the pair continuing their adventure once given the all clear.

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