Big Red's First victim for 2004

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 14:08
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Here's a sad tale about the first vehicular victim - actually on Little Red, not Big red. A local visiting Big Red saw something on the western side of Little Red that didn't look right so he investigated and thought he had found a vehicle with two bodies - thank goodness, they were asleep only ,at 11:30 a.m.. They had been at the base of Little Red on the western side for 24 hours.!! Had gone out the day before to "look" at Big Red, decided to "conquer" it not realising they were on Little Red. Did not let their tyres down enough in the brand new 100 series so had to go like a bat out of hell to get over the top and when they flew over the top there was nothing on the other side (as in, western side of the crest of the dune is all dished out like Wave Rock), landed very heavily on the other side and have a broken front diff housing and wheels at unusual angles.
1. As they were only 37 klms from town and going for a tourist look - they told no-one where they were going.
2. No food and very little water.
3. No communications - even a hand-held UHF would have picked someone up, possibly the ringers working in that area.
4. Temperatures in mid-40s in town, not much in the way of trees/shelter on those dunes.
5. Insurance company not willing to talk.
6. Very lucky.
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Reply By: nickoff - Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 14:30

Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 14:30
Bet ya it was a rental vehicle also

Nick.
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Reply By: haysie - Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 15:08

Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 15:08
fritz in a britz maybe
gearing up for tha csr

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Reply By: Member - Des Lexik(SA) - Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 15:37

Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 15:37
And the cost of recovery is??????????????
Feel sorry for them but that is the price you pay for not using common sense if that is the right word(s)
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 15:43

Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 15:43
Hey Des Lexik, they were able to get back to town with assistance from the local. Problem now is - how to get away from here. I feel quite upset about it - we laugh and joke and tell people how easy it is do cross the Desert etc. etc. and go here go there - but this was very nearly a fatality.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew & Jen (Melb) - Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 17:00

Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 17:00
What's this about temps in the mid 40's.......Shhhhhh......It's nice and balmy isn't it.
You tell people to "go here, go there" - I reckon you can't wait to tell us where to go....
Andrew
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 17:25

Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 17:25
You better believe it!
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Reply By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 15:39

Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 15:39
No, not a rental, and no, not fritz in britz. Perfectly ordinary Australians - you could know them, they could live next door to you -if you lived in Sydney.
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Follow Up By: Boeing - Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 16:13

Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 16:13
Ruth, you are right when you say that people take a more favourable view when it is considered the norm. It is amazing though how many stories that you here about someone just taking the bare essentials like a small amount of water etc if they are just doing a sight seeing trip of intended short duration. If it is an extended trip then everything is taken. I guess we all need to stop before a trip (even a short one) is under taken and say "what happens if"

Cheers

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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 16:48

Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 16:48
Mark, I'm ashamed to say that I've done that in the past - gone for a look see, jumped in the car with my personal water bottle, not checked anything but the fuel. Murphy's Law says.......and, I've been caught.
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Follow Up By: Jen & Geoff - Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 21:49

Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 21:49
Ruth, Uneducated sityslickers then. Jen
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Reply By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 19:54

Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 19:54
I agree Ruth... this very easily could have been tragic! We almost always over pack the truck with supplies, water, bedding etc.... ya never know when you'll need it!!!
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 08:11

Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 08:11
Gday Ruth
BU**ER they should have been in an unbrakable hilux hey...lol
Sounds like a new diff is needed to be brought in...thats almost a good enough reason to come out for a visit and be paid for the trip....
"Courier Andrew"
b4 you bag me out, walk a mile in my shoes, then your a mile away and have my shoes :)

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Follow Up By: David O - Sunday, Mar 21, 2004 at 06:44

Sunday, Mar 21, 2004 at 06:44
Correct me if I am wrong- but doesn't a 100 series have a Hilux dif?
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