Four-hour Kakadu National Park rescue saves 20-year-old hiker

A young Northern Territory man has survived an almost 50-metre fall while hiking in Kakadu National Park on Thursday.

The 20-year-old fell and became trapped in a tree in a deep ravine near Motorcar Falls, where he remained seriously injured for about 11 hours before emergency crews arrived.

The man raised the alarm using his emergency beacon before the difficult rescue operation commenced.

A 20-year-old man is recovering in Katherine Hospital after falling almost 50 metres while hiking in Kakadu. (NT Police)

NT Emergency Service Regional Manager North Mark Cunnington said the wild terrain made the rescue operation extremely challenging.

“We deployed three staff and 13 volunteers from the Palmerston and Darwin units to undertake a vertical rescue, arriving around midnight with their specialist equipment.

The operation took four hours, with the man finally freed at about 4am.

The rescue took four hours.
The rescue took four hours. (NT Police)

“The volunteers were able to successfully extract the victim and carried him to the Yurmikmik carpark to waiting Jabiru Clinic staff,” said Cunnington.

The lucky man was then taken to Katherine Hospital where he remains, according to NT police.

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Emergency crews took the opportunity to remind explorers how vital the correct equipment can be in saving lives.

“This rescue shows how critical it is to carry safety equipment when you are out bush.”

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