Briton killed in waterfall accident
Published 06/01/2013 | 23:45
A British man has died after falling from a waterfall in Australia.
The 20-year-old was walking with friends in the Blue Mountains near Sydney when he slipped in water and fell over the edge of Wentworth Falls, New South Wales Police said.
Police, paramedics and rescue teams were called and the man, who has not been named, was declared dead at the scene. The accident happened at noon local time on Sunday (1am British time).
High winds prevented a helicopter crew from retrieving his body at the time but it has now been recovered, New South Wales Police said.
Rescue crews travelled to the area by foot to renew their attempts to recover the man's body. A police spokeswoman said: "The location is extremely rugged and difficult to access, despite the rescue crew being very experienced."
The man was on holiday in Australia at the time, the force said. He was in a group of eight friends and had travelled from Sydney's Bondi area to the Blue Mountains for a picnic and a walk along a marked trail through the bush.
It is not believed the friends were part of an organised tour.
His family and the British Consulate in Australia were notified of his death on Sunday night and a report will be prepared for the coroner, police said.
A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: "We are aware of the death of a British national in New South Wales, Australia, on 6 January 2013, and we are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."
The Blue Mountains national park is about 37 miles west of Sydney and covers about a million hectares, according to the Destination New South Wales website. A World Heritage site, the landscape of huge cliffs, deep rainforest gulleys and sandstone canyons and waterfalls forms part of the traditional country of the Aboriginal people.