A second person has lost their life at Gibraltar Falls in less than a week.
ACT Policing say a 22-year-old man died earlier today (Saturday, 18 February 2023) after falling from the popular tourist spot.
About 5:25 pm, ACT Policing received a report that the 22-year-old man had fallen from Gibraltar Falls and could not be located.
Police from Tuggeranong Station, ACT Ambulance Service paramedics, ACT Fire & Rescue members and the Toll Rescue Helicopter were dispatched to the location.
About 6:05 pm the man was found unconscious in the water and was unable to be revived. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
ACT Policing will prepare a report for the coroner.
This is the second death in this area in seven days.
Just last Sunday (12 February 2023) 19-year-old Thomas Livingstone fell in the same area. He is believed to have slipped while scrambling across rocks in front of the waterfall.
ACT Parks and Conservation rangers and passersby were able to provide assistance and first aid until emergency services arrived but he also died at the scene.
Mr Livingstone was a resident of the Australian National University’s Ursula Hall and was also an accomplished rower, competing in NSW before moving to Canberra.
That death prompted the ACT’s Conservator of Flora and Fauna Bren Burkevics to warn all cards were “on the table” as the Territory considered how to make Gibraltar Falls safer.
While Gibraltar Falls has a viewing platform, the water hole has become popular with locals and tourists alike.
Parks and Conservation rangers carried out a safety review of the site, which included examining signage, fencing, handrails and areas that have been trampled by people ignoring warnings and heading off the marked trails.
Mr Burkevics warned that if signage and fences weren’t enough to stop people from walking where they shouldn’t, other options were available including closing the area to the public.
Anyone who witnessed today’s incident, who has not already spoken to police, is urged to contact ACT Policing on 131 444.