British teenager dies of severe hydration after collapsing in front of his father on hike in Australia


British teenager dies of severe dehydration after collapsing in front of his father on hike in Australia
The 14-year-old, from Scotland, arrived in Australia two weeks ago
Pair on a walking track in the Cape Range National ParkTemperature soared above 40c and they did not have enough water

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13:20 GMT, 22 December 2012

A teenage British boy on holiday in Australia has died of severe dehydration after collapsing while hiking with his father in a remote desert gorge.

The 14-year-old, from Scotland, arrived in Australia two weeks ago to stay with his father, who lives in western Australia, for the Christmas holidays.

The pair set out to explore a walking track along the Badjirrajirra Creek in the Cape Range National Park, but as the temperature soared above 40c father and son found themselves in trouble.

Tragic: A teenage British boy on holiday in Australia has died of severe dehydration after collapsing while hiking with his father in a remote desert gorge in Cape Range National Park

Tragic: A teenage British boy on holiday in Australia has died of severe dehydration after collapsing while hiking with his father in a remote desert gorge in Cape Range National Park

Police said they had not taken enough water with them – and they had been unable to find sufficient shade.

When the teenager collapsed from dehydration his desperate 49-year-old father managed to make an emergency call on his mobile phone.

Police who rushed to the area from Exmouth, 15 miles to the north, found the father and his unconscious son about 700 yards down a gully.

Police officers carried the boy to a car park where St John Ambulance paramedics, who had also sped to the area, performed CPR.

The teenager was then taken to Exmouth Hospital but despite the efforts of doctors he died several hours later.

Father
and son have yet to be named by police, but police confirmed that the
boy had travelled to Australia from Scotland to stay with his father,
who lives in the Western Australian town of Geraldton.

Treatment: St John Ambulance paramedics performed CPR on the teenager. He was then taken to Exmouth Hospital but despite the efforts of doctors he died several hours later

Treatment: St John Ambulance paramedics performed CPR on the teenager. He was then taken to Exmouth Hospital, pictured, but despite the efforts of doctors he died several hours later

Police are frequently warning people preparing to set out into desert parts of Australia to be certain they are carrying plenty of water and to keep themselves hydrated.

Even Aborigines who have spent a lifetime in desert areas, living under a relentless sun, have perished while travelling between communities because of their failure to carry enough water with them.

The Cape Range National Park is described as having spectacular rugged limestone ranges and breathtaking deep canyons.

More than 700 caves are known to be in the national park, but it is believed many more remain undiscovered.

The Exmouth Visitors’ Centre website warns: ‘Avoid walking in the middle of the day and always carry water as there is almost no surface water in Cape Range.