Body recovered after falling off a cliff | Blue Mountain Gazette
The body of a man was found in isolated land near Wentworth Falls, following a fall of seven meters to rocks over the weekend.
At approximately 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, emergency services were called to Tableland Road in Wentworth Falls after a Bankstown man was seriously injured after a fall.
The 60-year-old was hiking with a group of seven at Blue Drum Creek in Blue Mountains National Park.
The head of crime in Blue Mountains, Chief Detective Inspector Scott McAlpine, said that “the man was climbing a rock face when he fell about seven meters on rocks”.
“He suffered serious injuries and several emergency service agencies responded.
“The accident happened in a remote location and it took several hours to locate the trek crew.”
Officers from the NSW Rescue Police and Ambulance Special Operations Unit attended.
The man’s body was found in Blue Drum Creek with assistance from PolAir. Paramedics declared him dead at the scene.
It took rescue services until 3 p.m. Sunday to recover the body due to the rough terrain.
Chief Detective Inspector McAlpine said: “Specialist paramedics were brought in by helicopter. The man died at the scene and was released the next day.”
The man’s name has now been released. This is the bush walker Zhiji (Jack) Chen.
A report is being prepared for the coroner.
In other police news, over the weekend, Blue Mountains Police received two reports of stolen box trailers; one from Blue Gum Crescent, Blaxland and the other from Murri Street, Katoomba.
Both trailers were registered and parked outside the owners’ homes.
Police are appealing to the community for any witness to these incidents to contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers. Also, be vigilant and report any suspicious activity and secure property that may be the target of thieves.
Drinking and driving
At around 11 p.m. on Friday, June 11, a 19-year-old man from Kemps Creek was driving along the Great Western Highway in Blaxland when he was pulled over by police for a random breathalyzer test. He allegedly admitted to police that his license had been suspended and that he had been drinking. Police said the test was positive. He will appear at Penrith Court on July 8.