Near tragedy highlights risk of camping near trees

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Lane Poole tree falls on cmapers
A large pine tree fell on the tent where a family were sleeping. PIC: Mandurah Mail/Fairfax Media. 

The dangers of camping near trees – particularly in wild weather – has once again been highlighted by a terrifying incident at a popular West Australian campsite.

A young family had to be taken to hospital after a tree fell on their tent at the Nanga Mill campsite in Lane Poole Reserve near Dwellingup. The incident happened in the middle of the night one day last week as the family wers sleeping.

It’s believed fellow campers rushed a man, woman and infant who sustained several broken bones, to hospital.

Both parents were quickly released from hospital but the baby girl was transferred to Perth Children’s Hospital where she was in a serious but stable condition for sustained head injuries.

It’s believed the family’s dog was killed in the incident.

While gum trees are commonly the ‘problem’ near campsites, in this instance it was a large pine tree that fell on the sleeping family.

A Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions spokeswoman told the Mandurah Mail the incident at Nanga Brook campsite was being investigated and the area had been taped off to restrict public access.

Nanga Mill is the largest campground in the area, hosting various sized sites sheltered by a grove of tall pine trees. It accommodates caravans, as well as tents.

There was heavy rain in the area last week and strong wind gusts reaching 41 kilometres per hour.

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