Swiss tourist rescued from Karijini National Park after breaking leg

The West Australian
The tourist was found 600m down Kalamina Gorge lying on the edge of a pool with broken leg and injured wrist.
Camera IconThe tourist was found 600m down Kalamina Gorge lying on the edge of a pool with broken leg and injured wrist. Credit: File photo

An overseas tourist has been rescued from a remote part of Karijini National Park after breaking her leg in a fall overnight.

Police officers from Tom Price were made aware of the emergency when the 47-year-old Swiss woman activated her personal locator beacon at about 6pm.

She was found 600m down Kalamina Gorge lying on the edge of a pool with broken leg and injured wrist.

The police officers and park rangers helped the woman out of the gorge before she was taken to Tom Price Hospital.

A WA Police Force spokesperson said the quick emergency response was only possible due to the woman having the beacon.

“By activating the PLB, the injured woman was able to immediately alert authorities to the fact she was in distress, and the PLB provided police with her location,” the spokesperon said.

“Had the woman not had the PLB with her she may have remained injured and unable to move for an extended period of time.

“PLBs and EPIRBs are critical pieces of equipment when hiking, especially in remote or rocky places. This incident serves as a timely reminder to everyone just how valuable they are to your personal safety.”

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