A 25-year-old worker on Ethabuka Reserve in south-west Queensland has died and another has been found close to death after their vehicle became bogged and they tried to walk for help. Ethabuka Reserve, a 210,000-hectare property owned by Bush Heritage Australia, is about 155 km north-west of Bedourie, and 1600 km west of Brisbane, and is located in the north-eastern corner of the Simpson Desert.
The pair left the homestead about 8.30am on Monday in a 4WD, but became bogged about 10 km from the house. After unsuccessful attempts to free the vehicle, they decided to walk back. They were found by another worker, still several kms from the house. One was dead and the other suffering from extreme dehydration and heat exhaustion. The temperature was in the mid-40s. They had not been carrying an adequate supply of water.
This tragic event reinforces the message that the risks of traveling in desert regions must be taken very seriously.