• Mount Augustus
    Mount Augustus

A senior police officer who investigated the deaths of four tourists while hiking on Mount Augustus in remote Western Australia has warned more people will perish unless the climb to the summit is banned for six months of the year.

The ABC reports, Inspector Darryl Cox gave evidence at an inquest into the deaths of Hans Buske, 69, Maree Pollard, 53, and married couple Thelma and Brian Green, aged 66 and 70 respectively.

Mr Buske, who had travelled from Germany with his wife, died in November 2019.

While they were not hiking together, Mrs Pollard and the Greens died within a day of each other in September 2020.

Inspector Cox told the inquest the deaths occurred between September and March which were the hottest months of the year, when temperatures often rose greater than 40 degrees Celsius.

He said the the summit trail, which was not a defined track but followed using markers, had no shade and the air temperature was higher because of the radiant heat that came off the rocks.

Inspector Cox recommended closing the climb to the summit of Mount Augustus from September to March.

"The only way is to close the mountain for six months of the year," he said.

"The smaller trails can be open, but the summit trail [needs to] be closed, otherwise you will have more deaths.

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