Desert tragedy a grim reminder to be prepared

Published: November 7, 2012
The Simpson Desert

A man has died and another found close to death – after their 4WD became bogged in the Simpson Desert in southwest Queensland. The 25-year-old station worker died after leaving his vehicle to try to walk to safety in 45 degree heat. His companion was found just in time and has been taken to the Mt Isa Hospital suffering from extreme dehydration and heat exhaustion. Police say the two men did not have enough water with them. The pair had become stranded about 10 kilometres from Ethabuka Station, some 200 kilometres north of Birdsville. After several failed attempts to free their vehicle, they made the fateful decision to attempt to walk back to the station … but they collapsed several kilometres short of safety. “The two people decided to walk and it was very, very hot and one of them has died,” a police spokeswoman said. “Another worker from the station came across the other man and he was pretty sick.” The tragedy is yet another reminder of the need for grey nomads and all travellers to take extreme care when embarking on any adventurous journey, whether it be a bush walk or an Outback drive. Adequate preparation and planning are absolutely critical. Email us here to share your views on this story.

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