Cops consider charging climbers
TWO Sunshine Coast hikers have found themselves in trouble with police after ignoring warning signs which led to a dramatic two-hour rescue at Glasshouse Mountains.
The experienced trekkers, aged between 60 and 70, climbed into trouble just after 1pm when a rock hand-hold came loose 200 metres above the ground.
They were attempting to scale Mount Beerwah, about 11 kilometres west of the Glasshouse Mountains township.
The duo was rescued and taken to a nearby field where the injured man received treatment for a leg wound.
He then limped slowly up the 100 metres of grass towards ambulances in his blood-soaked shorts, unsupported but watched closely by paramedics.
“I'm doing okay. There was a rock fall,” the man told media before being assisted into the ambulance.
His female partner, who said she had previously walked the Kokoda Trail, suffered only cuts and abrasions.
Both were taken by ambulance to Nambour General Hospital.
The Mount Beerwah walking track is presently closed to the public because of areas of unstable rocks.
Police said there were clear signs at the walk entry of the 556-metre high mountain.
“We will be passing on the details to National Parks where there is an option of possible prosecution,” Sergeant Morris said.
On-the-spot fines can be issued to those accessing areas closed to the public, according to the Department of Environment and Resource Management.
Emergency services including police, firefighters, paramedics and SES volunteers arrived at the scene at about 1.15pm.
AGL Action Rescue air crewman Rick Harvey said the crew had endured low level turbulence with buffeting wind conditions in an attempt to get to the pair.
Mr Harvey said the pair was standing on a single square metre rock ledge as they waved to the crew.
“Originally we thought we might have to bring one in, drop him off before going in for the other person,” he said.
“However neither needed to be put on a stretcher so we were able to get both the first time.”
He said the man had reached up to grab a rock that has become dislodged before falling.
“It is a precarious walk, but they have been able to walk away with fairly minor injuries.”