Girl falls from Flying Fox

first_imgAn Oxford backpacker is fighting for her life in hospital after plunging 65 feet in the Australian rainforest. Queensland Police are investigating the accident. Lucy Keen, 24, was visiting Cape Tribulation in Queensland when she fell from a viewing platform. She had been about to embark on the Flying Fox ride when the accident happened. The ride involves people being attached to a harness and then gliding across a rope connected between two points in the forest, enabling people to ‘jungle surf ’. Queensland police said that Keen’s condition was “very serious.” “If she does survive,” said Dt Sgt Trevor Perham, “we don’t know what lasting injuries she will incur.” The Flying Fox ride, which was launched last August, had a 100% safety record until the accident on Saturday. Keith Chegwin and his television crew are among the many British tourists who have taken advantage of the opportunity to see the rainforest at such close quarters. The Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours is run by a group of biological scientists who use the ride to look at the flora and fauna of the forest. They charge £27 an hour for the experience, promising tourists they can “feel like Tarzan or Jane.” Keen has broken her pelvis and all her ribs in the fall and remains unconscious in hospital. Her parents have flown from their home in Oxfordshire to Australia to be at their daughter’s bedside. Keen was brought up in Oxford and studied at universities in Leicester and Cardiff.ARCHIVE: 5th week TT 2004last_img