Emergency beacon saves Swiss tourist in WA

Police found the 47-year-old woman at 6pm on Wednesday about 600m down Kalamina Gorge in the Karijini National Park.
Police found the 47-year-old woman at 6pm on Wednesday about 600m down Kalamina Gorge in the Karijini National Park.

AN injured Swiss tourist has been rescued from a gorge in Western Australia’s north after she activated her emergency beacon.

Police found the 47-year-old woman at 6pm on Wednesday about 600m down Kalamina Gorge in the Karijini National Park, lying on the edge of a pool with a broken leg and possible wrist injuries.

Local rangers assisted police and the woman was taken to Tom Price Hospital for treatment.

A WA Police Force spokesman said the quick emergency response was only possible due to the woman activating her personal locator beacon.

“The injured woman was able to immediately alert authorities to the fact she was in distress, and the PLB provided police with her location,” he said in a statement on Thursday.

“Had the woman not had the PLB with her she may have remained injured and unable to move for an extended period of time.

“PLBs and EPIRBs are critical pieces of equipment when hiking, especially in remote or rocky places,” the spokesman said.