Body Of Blue Mountains Parks Worker Remains Under Rock Slab
The body of a parks worker remains under the rock slab that crushed him to death in the Blue Mountains yesterday.
NSW authorities hope to recover the body of a parks worker who was crushed to death in a rockfall on a dangerous Blue Mountain cliff track.
The 36-year-old contractor was killed and two colleagues became trapped under a section of sandstone cliff after it collapsed at Wentworth Falls, west of Sydney, on Wednesday.
The site had been closed since August because of an unstable section of rock above the track.
The two colleagues, aged 26 and 27, were winched to safety and airlifted to Westmead Hospital, but police said the recovery of the body would take place on Thursday.
"We will be putting in a guard overnight to preserve that crime scene," NSW Police superintendent Darryl Jobson told reporters at the scene.
The Bureau of Meteorology predicted only a slim chance of overnight rain and said conditions on Thursday would be cloudy and humid.
National Parks and Wildlife said it was deeply saddened by the accident.
"Work to make the track safe was under way by experienced contractors," a spokeswoman said in a statement.
Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton described the incident as "horrific".
"I want to thank National Parks and Wildlife Service staff, the volunteers and emergency service staff who responded quickly and walked into the remote location," she said.
It took rescuers an hour to reach the workers on foot and 15 ambulances, including special operations team paramedics, and three helicopters responded.
A report will be prepared for the coroner.