A tour firm has rubbished claims that it was to blame for the death of a British backpacker, who plunged down a canyon. Twenty three year old Zoe Woolmer died after she fell while taking part in an expedition in the Northern Territory in 2014.
Her heartbroken family have now launched legal against against the tour company, claiming they should have kept their daughter safe. However, the firm has responded to claims in legal documents by saying that Ms Woolmer’s decision to climb down onto a ledge over a 15-metre drop at Kings Canyon carried obvious risks.
The tour firm goes on to say that several members of the same group decided not to climb onto the ledge, adding that because the risk of falling was obvious to everyone, there was no duty from the company to warn about the dangers. The company said that its tour guide Rebecca Gethen had given instructions about how to climb down safely, and that Ms Woolmer had not taken reasonable care of her own safety.
Put at risk
However, the young woman’s parents say that the firm should have taken reasonable care to ensure their daughter was safe during her trip, that she should not have been placed in a situation which was risky, and that she should have been warned about the dangers involved at the spot, which is a popular area for taking selfies.
The firm has already been fined $140,000 after admitting health and safety breaches in connection with the incident. Before she died, Ms Woolmer had been living in Sydney on a year-long working visa. She went to King’s Canyon as part of a three-day national parks tour. While rangers were called to the scene, she died soon after they arrived, having suffered critical injuries to her skull, brain, back and pelvis.