At two separate waterfall locations, two lives were swept away, leaving two families devastated.
Around 3:40pm on Monday (November 18th), while visiting Malanda Falls, a 29-year old Malaysian vacationer, who was swimming with friends, began to struggle, quickly vanishing under the water. Sightseers in the area pulled the man from the water and attempted to resuscitate him but with no success.
Rolf Straatemeir, Patrol Group Inspector of Tableland, issued sharp words for any and all who brave those treacherous falls.
“We don’t know what’s happened, but our officers are investigating it… It will be terrible news for the family, especially losing a loved one overseas, “Inspector Straatemeir said.
Elsewhere in Queensland, a 41-year old woman, who was visiting the Roaring Meg Falls, south of Cooktown, is still missing after the woman’s partner witnessed her slip from the ledge and drop over the edge of the 30m-towering falls. The woman’s partner is said to be overwhelmed with shock and sadness.
Paramedics were summoned around 12:10pm on Monday (November 18th) however, since the body was unable to be recovered, they were told to depart until further notice.
Divers in Brisbane are said to have been requested to assist with the search and recover efforts.
Roaring Meg Falls, which is a consecrated Aboriginal site and hidden gem near Wujal Wujal, has been plagued with a number of human calamities. The powers-that-be warn tourists and sightseers of the extremely unsafe conditions surrounding the falls.