The LifeFlight Rescue helicopter will retrieve the body of a hiker from Mount Tibrogargan this morning. The 22-year-old man died after falling late yesterday while climbing the mountain with a female companion.
The LifeFlight Rescue helicopter will retrieve the body of a hiker from Mount Tibrogargan this morning. The 22-year-old man died after falling late yesterday while climbing the mountain with a female companion. Brett Wortman

Woman stuck on ledge for hours after friend fell to death

UPDATE 12PM: A WOMAN whose hiking companion fell to his death off Mount Tibrogargan was stuck on a ledge when rescue crews arrived last night.

The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter crew wore night-vision goggles as they searched for the 23-year-old's body, which was soon located at the mountain's base.

LifeFlight was tasked about 7.30pm after the woman contacted emergency services telling them the man she had been bush walking with had fallen a long distance.

All emergency services attended the scene and started the climb up her, before she gave direction to where she thought her friend had fallen.

The man's body was last night located at the bottom of the mountain, but was unable to be retrieved in the darkness.

LifeFlight assisted the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services with the night sun to direct the ground crews who assisted the woman off the mountain.

The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter assisted the Queensland Police Service (QPS) to retrieve the man's body this morning.

The mountain was reopened about 9am to dozens of hikers.

UPDATE 9.20AM: A RESCUE chopper will attempt to retrieve a young man's body from Mount Tibrogargan this morning following a "tragic accident" last night.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said the 23-year-old was not transported to hospital after his female companion alerted authorities to the fall about 6.40pm.

The Queensland Police Service and LifeFlight said the rescue service would attempt to retrieve the man's body this morning as they were unable to overnight.

They could not confirm whether this had happened as of 9.10am, but LifeFlight was expected to release further details this morning.

A Queensland Police Service spokeswoman said detectives have spoken with a possible witness, as is common practice in any death.

"There's no evidence at this time to suggest any suspicious circumstances," the spokeswoman said.

"The only thing we would be involved in was making sure that area was protected from people wandering upon (the body).

"As far as we have been told there's nothing suspicious, and it's just a very tragic accident."

The spokeswoman could not confirm if the mountain was open, but said police may be called to enforce a closure if necessary.

INITIAL REPORT: A MAN was killed in a fall on a Sunshine Coast mountain which he was climbing with a female companion overnight.

Emergency services were late last night conducting a recovery operation for the hiker, who died in an accident on Mount Tibrogargan, near Beerburrum.

Paramedics responded to the incident about 6.40pm.

A rescue helicopter was deployed to the incident to help ground crews locate the accident scene before paramedics climbed to the victim.

The woman, who was with the man at the time of the fall, alerted the authorities and was later taken to Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

Police have not released details about the man.

Authorities also did not reveal exactly where on the mountain the man fell.


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