26yo woman’s fatal fall at Kings Canyon

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Kings Canyon fatal fall: English tourist’s body recovered

From abc.net.au, 16th June 2014

The body of a tourist who fell to her death at Kings Canyon in Central Australia at the weekend has been recovered by emergency services.

The English woman, aged in her 20s, was with a tour group when she fell at least 30 metres at the remote Kestrel Falls on Sunday.

Initial reports indicated she was still conscious immediately after the fall and was responding to paramedics, but she died at the scene.

Her body was recovered this afternoon.

The Northern Territory’s Parks and Wildlife Commission has defended the safety of the walking track.

Central Australian Parks director Chris Day said there had been minor falls at the spot in the past but more than 200,000 people finish the track safely every year.

“They need to just heed the warning signs, stay on the marked walking track,” he said.

“The vast majority of people undertake this walk with no problems.”

Mr Day said fencing the entire edge was impractical.

Parks and Wildlife Minister Bess Price said the death was a tragedy.

“First of all I want to send my thoughts out to the family,” she said.

“It was a tragedy and I believe my people who works for the Parks and Wildlife did a great job and I thank them for what they did.”

Police are investigating the cause of the fall.

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