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First Uluru death since 2010 not suspicious

Climbing the rock will be banned from next year

The first recorded fatality at the site since 2010, a Japanese tourist has died whilst climbing Uluru.


Marking the 37th death since record-keeping began (in the 1950s), the incident occurred during the 76-year-old’s ascent of one of the steepest parts of the climb, Northern Territory Police said.


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According to the ABC, authorities reported that the man collapsed at around 4pm Tuesday, before park rangers performed CPR until SES crews arrived. The death is not being treated as suspicious.


"A helicopter had to be utilised to retrieve this person and take him back to Yulara clinic, but unfortunately he passed away," Duty Superintendent Shaun Gill said.


"This person's believed to be a... Japanese national. At this stage, we don't believe it's anything suspicious." After a unanimous decision by the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board, climbing the sacred site will be banned from next year.


But traditional owners have cautioned visitors against climbing the rock since the 1985 handback, with signs in place at the climb area since 1992.


"Too many people have died while attempting to climb Uluru. Many others have been injured while climbing," the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board said on its website prior to the most recent death.


"We feel great sadness when a person dies or is hurt on our land. We worry about you and we worry about your family."


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 4 July 2018

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