WARNING SIGNS: Police at the site at Hanging Rock Falls where a Sydney man went missing after he reportedly made contact with the cliff face.
WARNING SIGNS: Police at the site at Hanging Rock Falls where a Sydney man went missing after he reportedly made contact with the cliff face. Marc Stapelberg

Extra warning signs at falls after death

ADDITIONAL signs warning visitors of the dangers of swimming at Hanging Rock Falls will be installed at the site following the death of a 19-year-old Sydney man late last year.

The teenager was last seen swinging from a rope off the rock wall when his foot became entangled and he was swung back into the rocks, hitting his head, before falling into the water and failing to surface.

Four police divers recovered the man's body the next day, which was later identified.

A spokeswoman for the NSW Department of Primary Industries said Crown Lands, which owns the Hanging Rock Falls site, was working with the Wadeville Reserve Trust, which manages the site, to install additional signage.

However, the rope is attached to a tree that is located on adjoining freehold land.

"Crown Lands recognises the popularity of the site for visitors and local residents alike," the spokeswoman said.

"It will continue to work with the Wadeville Reserve Trust and private landowners adjacent to the reserve to ensure that reserve users are fully aware of the risks associated with the site.

"Hanging Rock Reserve is not promoted to tourists in any publications produced by the Wadeville Reserve Trust or Crown Lands.

"Crown Lands will continue to work with Wadeville Reserve Trust to ensure that relevant risks are assessed with appropriate management actions to support the safety of the public."

The Northern Star made several attempts to contact members of the Wadeville Reserve Trust last Friday for comment, but was unsuccessful.

Following the death of another teenager who lost his life at the popular water hole in 2010, Crown Lands said they helped the Wadeville Reserve Trust install signage and improve visitor access.

And in 2003, a Canadian tourist also tragically drowned at the site when he became trapped under a submerged ledge.


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