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Korean tourist miraculously found alive in Qld bush

Tourist missing for a week before alarm was raised

A South Korean tourist has been found alive after spending a week trapped at a waterfall in a ravine in far north Queensland.


Joohee Han, 25, had been hiking on Mount Tyson, south of Cairns, when she fell while taking photos at Scout Rock Lookout.


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According to the ABC, Queensland Ambulance flight paramedic Hannah Gaulke said she had knocked herself out for five or more hours in the fall.


“When she came to, she was quite disoriented and unable to get her bearings and from then she managed to crawl and scrape her way through the bushland which was really tough terrain and eventually ended up on this slippery, rocky waterfall,” she said, adding that the woman had been without food the entire time.


“She got to a point where she couldn't actually proceed any further and she had no way to get back out and that's where she stayed for days.


“Her chances of survival were near zero.” But crucially, Ms Han had found running water at the rockface. Ms Gaulke said the tourist was found in “really good condition”.


“… so she had no significant injuries - a number of abrasions and a few minor injuries - but otherwise she was in good spirits,” she said.


Craig Strathie, who was staying at the same hostel as the Korean said it was a miracle she was found well.


“I mean, seven days up there — I've climbed that thing three times, two in a group and one myself and after I did it myself I said I would never be going up again,” the Scottish tourist said.


“And she's built like a garden gnome. Honestly, she's about this high … and for that wee lassie … she actually waved them down apparently.


“She's very fortunate and very lucky as to how she's actually managed to get back in one piece.”


Police said friends raised the alarm almost a week after Han failed to return to her hostel.


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 8 June 2018

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