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12 August, 2020

Rescuing Visitors – All in a Day’s Work

Queensland Police get called to a variety of jobs from traffic crashes and car thefts to looking for missing people and even pulling cars out of bogs.

Last week, Malanda and Yungaburra officers were called to assist with a stranded motorist.

When officers arrived on the Old Cairns Track at Butchers Creek, they located Danny and two of his friends in a muddy mess.

While Danny is a Cairns local, he said he was not familiar with our roads here on the Tablelands and was following directions he found online and thought he had found a short-cut to the walking track entrance.

Unfortunately for his friends, who were touring some of the Atherton Tablelands sights, two of them had to walk for an hour to get telephone reception and call for help.

We’re not sure these were the sights they wanted to see.

After a quick mud bath, the officers towed Danny’s vehicle out of the bog and then escorted the visitors to the local lookout on Gourka Road for a happy snap.

The spectacular Windin Falls has become increasingly popular over the past three years.

Gourka Road has significantly less issues with mud than the Old Cairns Track and after several similar calls over the years; police are asking people to check official council websites for directions and conditions of locations to visit on the Tablelands.

Police are asking motorists to be prepared for the worst and expect the best, read road signs and drive to road conditions as well as your vehicle’s capabilities.

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