Recent accidents highlight need for caution

Moonarie (SA), Well known rock climbing area

Recent accidents highlight need for caution

Falling climbers and missing fishermen

Posted on 12.08.2019

There were a couple of disturbing news stories regarding outdoor activities that happened over the weekend. Although they happened in very different situations, both act as cautionary tales for people spending time in the outdoors and remind us to take care, not to take unnecessary risks and to be prepared.

Missing fishermen's boat found during search off Moreton Bay

Water police have found lifejackets and fishing rods in the water near a boat belonging to two fishermen missing in waters off Brisbane.

Police said the pair, aged 31 and 25, called family to tell them they were coming back from their fishing trip near the Port of Brisbane at 10:15pm on Saturday but never arrived.

Their car and boat trailer were still parked at the Whyte Island Boat Ramp.

The missing boat, a 3.3 metre aluminium tinnie, was found near Green Island yesterday afternoon.

Rock climbers killed in suspected cliff fall in Flinders Ranges

The bodies of two men killed in a suspected cliff fall have been discovered at a popular but remote rock-climbing location in the Flinders Ranges.

Emergency crews were called to the Moonarie climbing area in Wilpena Pound at about 1:15pm on Sunday, when the two Adelaide men did not return to their camp.

Police said the men — a 62-year-old from Norwood and a 44-year-old from Fairview Park — were later found dead in the area.

It is believed they fell to their deaths in what police described as “extremely remote” and “inaccessible terrain”.

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