Tragedy has struck the remote area of Mount Augustus, WA where three hikers have died in as many days while visiting the national park in the Upper Gascoyne.
Police said the bodies of two people, a man in his 70s and a woman in her 60s, were found last Wednesday on a trail.
geraldtonguardian.com.au reports the deaths follow a similar occurrence earlier last week, when a 53-year-old woman passed away while visiting the park on Monday, September 14.
A WA Police spokesperson said the three deaths were not related, other than by location and were not deemed suspicious.
“Investigations into the circumstances surrounding the deaths have commenced and reports will be prepared for the Coroner,” a spokespoersin said.
The body of the elderly man was discovered at 7.30am Wednesday, 16 September by walkers on the 45 minute trail to the summit of Mount Augustus.
A major search was then launched in the area after inquiries revealed he was travelling with a woman.
Her body was found five hours later.
Mount Augustus is a two day drive from Perth via Carnarvon or Meekatharra.
The spokesperson said the park was a remote location in WA and temperatures reached 40 degrees at this time of the year.
“Anyone who considers travelling to these remote areas are urged to consider their physical condition,” the spokesperson said. The park has been closed while recovery operations are under way.
The risks from exposure and dehydration are significant in this area. During the hotter months (at least December – March) these risks are extreme. Temperatures often exceed 40 degrees Celsius.
- Walk in groups of three or more – in an emergency one might need to wait with the injured person while someone goes for help
- Tell a trusted and responsible person of your plans and provide sufficient detail to them so they can get help if required
- Each person needs to carry and drink 3 to 4 litres of water per day of walking
- Carefully review your daily drinking water needs. Carry cool water if possible
- There is no drinking water in the park. Extra water may be needed if walking in the hotter months
- Plan your walk for the most suitable season and/or daily weather conditions
- Wear a broad brimmed hat, sunscreen and a loose long sleeved shirt for protection from the sun
- Take regular breaks when walking
- Wear sturdy footwear and follow the trail markers
- Walk during the cooler parts of the day – there will also be more wildlife about during this time