Uluru, the popular tourist destination in the centre of Australia was the scene of a rescue when three tourist left the designated path and became stuck in a crevice. While climbing Uluru is not prohibited, the traditional owners of the rock, the Anangu, ask that people “respect our law and culture” by not venturing onto the scared site. Not only did the three ignore this request but went off the well-marked track into a restricted zone.
The operation took 11 hours with the Northern Territory Emergency Services specialist vertical rescue team reaching the men via helicopter and then abseiling them to safety, after many hours working to secure abseiling anchors without damaging the rock. A spokesperson said “They were all quite hungry but they were fine, they had sufficient water with them and weren’t dehydrated”
More than 35 people have died scaling the rock, including people who have had heart attacks on the climb.