Mt Augustus tragedies spark hiker safety warning

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Three people have died at Mt Augustus in the past week. PIC: Tourism WA / news.com.au

With the weather warming up and increasing numbers of grey nomads getting back out in the road, travellers are once again being warned of the importance of being properly prepared for any activities they choose to do.

It comes as a mature-aged couple were found dead after taking a bush walk in Western Australia … just days after a 53-year-old died hiking in the same area.

Police say walkers initially found the body of a man aged in his 70s on the Mt Augustus summit walk, about 45 minutes from the car park. A search then began for a woman aged in her 60s, who is believed to be his partner, and her body was found about five hours later.

The latest tragedy comes after a 53-year-old woman died while hiking in the Mt Augustus National Park on Monday.

Police said the two incidents were not related.

“None of the deaths are deemed suspicious,” police said in a statement.
“Investigations into the circumstances surrounding the deaths have commenced and reports will be prepared for the coroner.”

Mt Augustus is a very remote part of Western Australia, with daily temperatures at this time of year in the high 30s to 40s.

Police warn people should consider their physical condition and the remoteness of the area when planning their travels.

The news.com.au website reports that the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has closed access to the park while the bodies are recovered.

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One Response to Mt Augustus tragedies spark hiker safety warning

  1. That is the fourth tragic death at this location in less than twelve months… If we are not careful they may put a fence around the base of this one also , or make it… view from the safety of your car.

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