Larapinta Trail: American hiker dies after taking wrong turn in 42C heat

The man, from California, set out to climb Mount Sonder about 8:30am on Wednesday and was found dead about 750 metres from a carpark near Redbank Gorge at 5:00pm.
Police said the man and a companion had climbed Mount Sonder, which is the fourth-highest peak in the Northern Territory, and were on the descent when they separated.
Duty Superintendent Rob Burgoyne told ABC Darwin: "It's about 1,300 metres tall and the actual walk that they undertook was about 16 kilometres there and back — so quite a hike."

The 40-year-old man he was walking with told police the 33-year-old ran off on their way back and appeared to have taken a wrong turn.
"They both descended the mountain, unfortunately it appears the deceased took a wrong turn at that stage," Duty Superintendent Burgoyne said.
"His partner made it back to the Redbank Gorge carpark and raised the alarm, but unfortunately the 33-year-old didn't arrive and his body was eventually located about 400 metres down the track where he'd turned the wrong way.
"It was about three hours from when he was last seen and when his body was found."
Police said investigations were ongoing but it was not believed there were any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.
Temperatures reached 42C
The Bureau of Meteorology confirmed Alice Springs reached a top of 42 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, which Duty Superintendent Burgoyne said would have made trekking conditions difficult.

"We do know he had water with him, but he did do a very foolish thing in that he apparently ran away from his companion after the descent," he said.
"It wouldn't be a terribly advisable thing to do in 40-degree heat, to actually sprint away."
Authorities warn against embarking on the long trek in the heat because it comes with a high risk of becoming dangerously dehydrated, Chris Day from Parks and Wildlife said.
"It's almost physically impossible to put back the fluids that you're going to lose as quickly as you're losing them, and unfortunately people become dehydrated very rapidly before even realising that it's even happening," Mr Day said.
"Unfortunately it is too late, quite often, once people realise they're in trouble."

Mount Sonder, the final section of the 223-kilometre Larapinta Trail which the men were on, is a steep, rocky incline with an exposed landscape.
"Its a very exposed mountain walk," Mr Day said.
"There's no big shady trees and it's very rocky, so when you've got a hot day like we had (on Tuesday) we've got a lot of radiated heat coming back off the rocks.
"Obviously on days when temperatures are forecast to be in the 40s, we strongly advise against doing any longer walks."

Body of missing German tourist Gisela Thor found in Central Australia, police say

Northern Territory Police have found a woman's body at Trephina Gorge, east of Alice Springs, believed to be missing German woman Gisela Thor.
The discovery comes one day after the body of her 76-year-old husband, Wilfred Thor, was also found.
Sergeant Phil Emmett said photos taken by the pair on Friday — when they were last seen — showed them in good spirits.
"It's such a sad end to what was obviously a lifetime of endeavour and planning to come and visit Australia. What a tragic end," he said.
Sergeant Emmett said police recovered a camera yesterday containing a photograph of the couple believed to have been taken shortly before they entered the nature park.
He said the photo was sent to Ms Thor's daughter in Germany, where the family confirmed the identity of the couple.
The clothing on the woman's body recovered today matched the clothing worn by Ms Thor in the photograph.

Police said Ms Thor's body was found within the search area, 2.5km from the gorge's carpark and off any official track.
Sergeant Emmett said he believed the couple had become disorientated quite early on their trip into Trephina Gorge.
"They have started wandering, trying to find their way out and they have found some groundwater — there was some groundwater available within the gorge — and [they] spent some time there," he said.
"After that, for reasons unbeknown to me, they have parted company and one of them has moved to the west, and the other one has moved back towards the carpark in a south easterly direction."
Police said they could not comment on the cause of death, but there were no suspicious circumstances.
"That will be a matter for the pathologists and the coroner to decide on," Sergeant Emmett said.

Man dies of suspected dehydration after group hiking in Kalbarri National Park runs out of water

 A 27-year-old man has died of suspected dehydration during a hiking trip at the popular tourist spot, Nature's Window, in Western Australia's Mid West region.
Key points:
  • Friends of the man raised the alarm after he collapsed towards the end of the hike
  • Police said the group had set out with three small bottles of water each
  • Hikers have been urged to be prepared for the effects of heat, dehydration and exertion

The Northam man was with friends when he became distressed and collapsed around 3:00pm on Saturday while completing a hike in Kalbarri National Park, about 485 kilometres north of Perth.
The man was placed under a tree and given water, however police said the group then ran out of water.
A tourist who was a German doctor tried to help resuscitate the man before paramedics and emergency services arrived at the scene, but he could not be revived.
"A man who dies in his mid-twenties in circumstances that possibly could have been avoided is always a tragedy … we certainly feel for his family and friends," WA Police Inspector Garry Kosovich said.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the man's death, but it is believed he succumbed to dehydration.
"He had just done the 8km walk and he collapsed just before Nature's Window," Kalbarri State Emergency Service local manager Steve Cable said.
"He was almost back to the beginning because the loop [trail] starts and finishes at the same point — he felt unwell and that was it."
Police said the man may not have had enough water or appropriate clothing.
"[The group] set out with three small bottles of water each," Inspector Kosovich said.
"We ask that if you're going to walk in the hot sun in WA that you do have adequate covering for all your body, including your head, and adequate water, as that was possibly not the case in this circumstance," he said.
"I understand that he was a large man and was possibly not in the best physical shape to undertake such a walk, but I'm not sure of his medical background."

Woman, children rescued in bushland

In a separate incident, a woman and two children were rescued in the state's South West on Saturday night after becoming lost in the Jarrahwood State Forest, near Upper Capel.
The woman and her three-year-old and five-year-old children went walking around lunchtime on Saturday but did not return, and did not have a personal locator beacon on them.

They were eventually found fatigued and dehydrated just before 1:00am.
Police said the incident highlighted the importance of carrying extra supplies of water and safety gear, even when people were going on a short walk in bushland.
"In this situation a personal locator beacon could have been used to alert authorities to the fact the woman and children were in danger," a police spokesman said.
"The beacon would not only alert authorities to the situation, but provide the exact coordinates of where the missing stranded people are — which means the time taken to rescue them is a lot less.
"Even highly experienced bushwalkers who are familiar with the area they are in can experience unexpected trouble, so we recommend anyone planning camping or bushwalking activities consider just how important a personal locator beacon can be for them."

Australia deaths: Family found dead near broken-down vehicle in outback

Four people have been found dead after a vehicle broke down in outback Australia, police say.
The bodies of two adults, both 19, and their three-year-old son were found near a remote road about 1,000km (620 miles) south of Darwin on Wednesday.
Northern Territory Police searching for a 12-year-old boy from the group say they have found the body of a child near the car.
The deaths are not being treated as suspicious.
Authorities are investigating whether heat may have contributed to the tragedy.
The group was last seen leaving Willowra, a small community, on Friday. The adults and toddler were found about 4.5km from the vehicle.
"One of the avenues we are looking at is that they have walked off from a vehicle in extreme weather and may have got caught out," Supt Shaun Gill told the ABC.
"Initially we thought it was the result of a car crash, however we are confident it's not."
After an extensive search, police found the body of a child about 120m away from the vehicle late on Thursday.
"A formal identification of the child is yet to be undertaken and as such, police are unable to confirm it is the body of the 12-year-old boy," they said in a statement.
Police said the alarm had been raised by a man who entered a health clinic in Willowra on Wednesday.
"He will be a critical part of the investigation. He is quite distraught about what he has found," said Supt Jody Nobbs.
Supt Nobbs said he could not give additional details, nor confirm whether the older boy was related to the family.
The search is continuing as police say they cannot confirm whether there were other passengers in the car.
Temperatures in the region exceeded 40C in recent days, according to Australia's Bureau of Meteorology.
The tragedy follows the suspected heat-related deaths of two people in separate incidents in northern Australia within the last two weeks, the ABC reported.

Traurige Gewissheit! Vermisste deutsche Urlauberin ist tot

Sie wollte wandern gehen, aber kam nicht zurück

Nach tagelanger Suche ist in Australien die Leiche von Monika Billen gefunden worden. Die 62-Jährige aus Köln war am Neujahrstag im australischen Outback verschwunden, dem menschenleeren Hinterland im Herzen des Kontinents.

Die Leiche wurde unter einem Baum gefunden

Die Leiche wurde nach Angaben der Polizei in der Nähe der Stadt Alice Springs unter einem Baum gefunden, in der größeren Entfernung von einem Wanderpfad. "Wir müssen der Familie leider diese traurige Nachricht überbringen. Aber wir sind erleichtert, dass wir eine Antwort für sie haben", sagte eine Polizeisprecherin. Die Familie aus Deutschland hatte erst am Dienstag die Bevölkerung in der Region von Alice Spring um Hilfe gebeten.

Polizei suchte mit einer Drohne nach der Urlauberin

Die Frau war am Morgen des 1. Januar von einem Hotel aus allein zu einer Wanderung aufgebrochen. Seither fehlte von der 62-Jährigen jedes Lebenszeichen. Das Verschwinden der Urlauberin fiel erst nach einigen Tagen auf, weil sie nicht mehr in ihre Unterkunft zurückgekehrt war. Ursprünglich hätte sie dort am 5. Januar auschecken sollen. Die Polizei leitete daraufhin eine großangelegte Suche ein, auch mit Hilfe einer Drohne.
Befürchtet wird, dass sich die Kölnerin in der menschenleeren und derzeit extrem heißen Gegend verirrt hat. Im Outback erreichen die Temperaturen tagsüber aktuell mehr als 45 Grad. Während einer Hitzewelle im Januar 2018 starb dort ein 32 Jahre alter US-Amerikaner. Im Februar 2017 kam ein deutsches Rentnerpaar von einem Wanderausflug nicht mehr zurück