Below is a list of canyoning deaths in canyons around Sydney, and any information about them. While this may seem a bit morbid, the main reason is to try and learn from other people's mistakes.

Any additional information would be appreciated.

[Note some of the ones below are tenuous]

24/12/2011 - near Carrington Falls
Paramedic Mick Wilson died during a rescue operation when a winching operation went wrong. The rescue helicopter crew that he was part of was trying to rescue a canyoner who was badly injured after falling when his rope cut over a sharp edge.
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/paramedic-dies-trying-to-rescue-injured-canyoner-at-carrington-falls-on-nsw-south-coast/story-e6freuy9-1226230134203
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/OzCanyons/conversations/messages/14614 (login required)

14/01/2010 - Wollangambe/Whungee Wheengee
Nick Delaney (15) died after a rock fell on him. His party had been lost for a couple of days.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OzCanyons/message/12452 (log in required)
http://www.smh.com.au/national/six-set-out-and-one-boy-never-came-back-20100114-ma8m.html

25/02/2008 - Empress
An American visitor died after collapsing on the abseil
http://groups.google.com/group/australian-accident-register/browse_thread/thread/5ae4e8b9d13348fa
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/tourist-dies-in-blue-mountains/2008/02/26/1203788282583.html

06/12/2007 - Claustral
Ian Knapp (61) died after becoming jammed in the final technical obstacle in high water
http://groups.google.com/group/australian-accident-register/browse_thread/thread/3e45c88f09a48dbe

31/12/06 - Danae Brook
Ben Porter (31) died after slipping over the edge of Kanangra Walls in the dark on the exit
http://groups.google.com/group/australian-accident-register/browse_thread/thread/77c1fa7a25bbda23
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/abseilers-fatal-fall-in-the-dark/2007/01/01/1167500061885.html

22/01/2005 - Empress
Matthew Donovan (32) died in high water in the second last pool
http://groups.google.com/group/australian-accident-register/browse_thread/thread/08d02bcbbb98153f http://groups.google.com/group/aus.bushwalking/msg/1bcf7326bdf6ccb6

??/01/2004 - Whungee Wheengee
Steven Connolly Snr died, probably from a stroke
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OzCanyons/message/3743 (log in required)
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/01/10/1073437524577.html

24/11/2002 - Bungleboori
Daniusz Sadowski (34) died after not clipping in to his abseil device correctly. His party had been lost for a couple of days.
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/11/27/1038386204207.html
http://groups.google.com/group/australian-accident-register/browse_thread/thread/fd8bc757d044085d

11/03/2001 - Bowens Creek
A female canyoner died in high water just before the first abseil
http://groups.google.com/group/australian-accident-register/browse_thread/thread/9c197bc2e6531518
http://groups.google.com/group/aus.bushwalking/browse_thread/thread/5a04d1f 13a0065f3/a5b89ccfbe9d3a80?hl=en&lnk=gst&q=canyoning+death
http://members.ozemail.com.au/~dnoble/canyoningnews3.html

12/06/2000 - Carra Beanga
Mark Charles (25) and Steve Rogers (25) died on an abseil
http://groups.google.com/group/australian-accident-register/browse_thread/thread/a3ab7a6a57f2d0f1
a copy of the article from the Good Weekend magazine on the NUMC deaths in Carra Beanga Canyon in June 2000

11/06/2000 - Tiger Snake
Keith Campbell (20) died when a sandstone edge gave way and he fell 40m
http://groups.google.com/group/australian-accident-register/browse_thread/thread/4c1bfe7ad28c93b4
http://groups.google.com/group/aus.bushwalking/browse_thread/thread/06c9a539aa8cf2d5#

19/12/1999 - Twister
http://members.ozemail.com.au/~dnoble/canyoningnews2.htm

~08/04/1999 - Wollangambe
Siobhan Halls (17) died after being dragged underwater in high water
http://members.ozemail.com.au/~dnoble/canyoningnews2.htm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/405497.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/405497.stm

17/04/1997 - Kalang Falls
Phil Atkinson died after falling about 8m down a waterfall
http://www.bushwalking.org.au/bushwalkingmag/nmag23215.html

31/01/1982 - Claustral (flash flood, 3 people from SPAN Outdoors died)
Back from the Brink - Andy Macqueen
https://web.archive.org/web/20060821221639/http://www.nhvss.org.au/pubs/Newcaves11.pdf

??/12/1974 - Arethusa
Graham Lawler (28) drowned, possibly as a result of suffering cramps
Back from the Brink - Andy Macqueen

From: David Noble <dnoble@ozemail.com.au>
Reply-to: OzCanyons@yahoogroups.com
To: OzCanyons@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [OzCanyons] canyoning deaths

There have been a few deaths near Kanangra.

One was a girl in a SUSS party (mid 80's?) who did not clip into the rope correctly (or at all?) on an abseil in Kanangra Falls (on of the lower ones)

And not long after - a male person died on a "Canyon" near Kanangra - I think his party were attempting to abseil down a gully between Kalang and Kanangra Falls.

The was also the death of a caver (SSS I think) in the mid 70's - in Arethusa - I think from cold water induced heart attack. This should be also in "Back From The Brink"

Dave

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