Man survives 50 metre fall in Kakadu, rescued after 11 hours

by | May 13, 2022 | Cops | 0 comments

A 20-year-old man fell almost 50-metres while hiking in Kakadu National Park on Thursday, and had to wait eleven hours to be rescued because he was in a deep ravine, NT Emergency Services have said.

Northern regional manager Mark Cunnington said the man was recovering in Katherine Hospital but did not say what his injuries or his condition were.

He said an emergency beacon was activated near Motorcar Falls just after 5pm and rangers and police found the man trapped in a tree in a deep ravine.

“He was conscious but injured and members were able to communicate with him, however could not reach him,” he said.

Mr Cunnington said it was extremely difficult terrain and the rescue was challenging, with three staff and 13 volunteers deployed to make the rescue about midnight.

“It took several hours and just after 4am the volunteers were able to successfully extract the victim and carried him to the Yurmikmik carpark to waiting Jabiru Clinic staff,” he said.

“Thanks to the coordinated efforts by police, Kakadu National Park rangers, Jabiru Clinic and our dedicated NTES volunteers, we were able to bring this man to safety.”

 

 

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