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Abseiling instructor dies in accident near Margaret River



An abseiling instructor has died in front of students and teachers on an excursion near the Margaret River, in south west Western Australia.

The 53-year-old was facilitating the outing at Brides Cave, in Boranup, yesterday when he fell.

Emergency services were called to the popular caving destination about 3.20pm and the man was given first aid until the RAC helicopter arrived.

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A paramedic from the rescue chopper was lowered down into the cave and took over care of the patient.

The instructor became unresponsive and could not be revived. He died at the scene.

Some of the students and teachers had already abseiled down the cave before the accident.

DFES State Emergency Service volunteers and colleagues of the dead man helped recover the group, and the man's body.

WorkSafe have been advised of the incident, and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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