Northern Territory Police have launched a search operation in Kakadu National Park after a French tourist has not been seen since 4 days. Two helicopters are doing an aerial scan of the area around Gunlom Falls (campsites/hiking trails) in hopes of locating the missing tourist.
The tourist, a 31 year old French national was last seen on Saturday in the car park the car park at Gunlom Falls, a popular tourist campsite in the southern part of the park, about 400 kilometres south-east of Darwin. Rangers raised alarm on Tuesday after noticing the man’s car in the car park but no signs of the tourist himself.
Police are working to confirm the man’s identity so they can contact his family and friends, while also hoping the man is fine and ‘just lost’.
Police are asking anyone who may have spoken to a Caucasian man with a possible French accent in the area over the weekend to call them on 131 444.
The disappearance is the latest in a string of incidents, some fatal, involving visitors unfamiliar with the harsh NT landscapes – authorities have been urging tourists visiting the area to exercise extra caution. In August alone, police have responded to three distress calls in the harsh terrain.