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Posted: 12/18/2003 4:44:40 AM EDT


news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,8190385^421,00.html

Dead tourist had 80L of water

December 17, 2003

A BRITISH tourist who died of dehydration left 80 litres of water when he walked away from his bogged vehicle and into the Great Sandy Desert.

Thomas Henry Sykes, 35, of London, died on Friday at a medical clinic in the remote Aboriginal community of Punmu, in Western Australia.

Mr Sykes had been trying to drive hundreds of kilometres east towards Alice Springs when his hired four-wheel drive became bogged.

The vehicle was found on Thursday, but when Mr Sykes was seen near Punmu on Friday morning, after walking 60km in up to 40C, he was unconscious. He died a short time later in Punmu medical clinic.

Mr Sykes' death, and the rescue of a second British tourist at a remote beach north of Broome on the same day, have prompted calls for greater education about the dangers of outback travel.

Sgt David Hornsby, of Marble Bar police, said that if Mr Sykes had observed the golden rule of remote motoring and stayed with his car, he would have survived.

There were 80 litres of water in a tank fitted to the Toyota Hilux that was also equipped with a tent and tinned food.

There were enough supplies in the hired vehicle for Mr Sykes to have survived for more than a week, Sgt Hornsby said.

"What the hire car companies' responsibilities are - that's something I will be looking at as far as the investigation for the coroner goes," he said.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 4:46:57 AM EDT
He didn't have any rocks to pile under the drive tires? The Outback must be a harsh place, if it is barren of even rocks.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 4:48:15 AM EDT
<[i]speechless[/i]>
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 4:49:21 AM EDT
Originally Posted By DPeacher: <[i]speechless[/i]>
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First time ever. This is a new record [;D]
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 4:56:49 AM EDT
"What the hire car companies' responsibilities are - that's something I will be looking at as far as the investigation for the coroner goes," he said.
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Sounds like the company did it right... food, water, supplies. Ofcourse the rental company will be found responsible for something, we couldn't actually put the blame where it belongs. Perhaps the rental company should be doing IQ testing before they rent out one of their vehicles... 'sorry, you're just too damn stupid to be trusted'...
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[Last Edit: 12/18/2003 5:03:41 AM EDT by reconBYfire]
They forgot the EPRB and Emergency Satellite Phone. Sad story... Edit:spelling
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Link Posted: 12/18/2003 5:21:00 AM EDT
I guess it could have been worse. He could have carried all of the water with him, and then been unable to open it. Ha!
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 5:32:29 AM EDT
[LOLabove]
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 5:37:30 AM EDT
Originally Posted By TexasEd: I guess it could have been worse. He could have carried all of the water with him, and then been unable to open it. Ha!
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Aussie-proof caps?
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 5:45:55 AM EDT
Originally Posted By DoubleFeed:
Originally Posted By DPeacher: <[i]speechless[/i]>
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First time ever. This is a new record [;D]
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Just doing my part for society...[BD]
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 5:56:10 AM EDT
When I first read the topic I thought he must have got a really bad waiter at the steakhouse. [whacko]
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I can see it now... In addition to the aforementioned provisions, the car rental places will soon have to make everyone sign a waiver, and maintain on file some sort of "proof of training" - that the companies themselves will no doubt have to conduct. "Yes, we'd love to rent to you. First, though, sit in this room and watch our 25 minute presentation on the dangers of the world, and how to react to problems on the road. Please make sure you sign the logbook when you're done"
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