Man dies next to empty water bottle in Kalbarri

Published: November 8, 2016
Kalbarri National Park

A man believed to be a foreign tourist, aged 50, has been found dead in Kalbarri National Park in Western Australia.

His body was discovered on the edge of a cliff next to a near empty water bottle, after a tour guide noticed an odd smell.

“The tour guide thought there was a kangaroo or an animal deceased nearby, he could smell that, and had to clear it because of the tourists that come through the area,” Kalbarri police officer-in-charge, Sergeant Shaun Peters, told the media.  “So he went searching and found this gentleman off the main national park tracks in the bush area.”

It is believed his body had been in the park for more than two days before being found.

Sergeant Peters said there was nothing to indicate the man’s death was suspicious, but police believed he may have perished as a result of dehydration or injuries suffered from a fall.

“He did have a water bottle with him, a small one, but there was only a mouthful or two left in it,” he said. “Whether that contributed to the death, we’re not sure.”

Sergeant Peters told the ABC that the park had limited telecommunications and as such, the man’s best course of action would have been to let someone know where he was.

An autopsy will be conducted in Perth, and a report prepared for the coroner.

Sadly, accidents in WA national parks are not unknown. Earlier this year, a man was badly injured at a fall at Joffre Gorge in Karijini,  and police have long warned of the dangers of exploring in remote parks and the need for caution.

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5 years ago

that is why i don’t like travel alone. I only like to travel with someone as my partner or group


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