UPDATE | Man dies after falling “several hundred metres” down cliff

UPDATE @ September 16 2018 6am | An afternoon of abseiling has turned to tragedy, with a man plunging 300-metres to his death in the Scenic Rim, just west of the Gold Coast.

Emergency services received a call just before 1pm on Saturday, reporting the man had fallen while abseiling with another man and a woman on the eastern cliff face of Mount Barney, near the Queensland-New South Wales border.

Police from the Logan district responded and the emergency helicopter rescued the remaining man and woman from the cliff just after 5pm.


At around 5:50pm the body of a 50-year-old Bethania man was found at the base of the mountain.

Police will arrange for the man’s body to be removed from the area on Sunday and will prepare a report for the Coroner.

EARLIER @ September 15 2018 5pm | A MAJOR search and rescue operation is underway for a man who has fallen “several hundred metres” down a cliff in the Scenic Rim, west of the Gold Coast.

The man was one of three rock climbers scaling the eastern side of Mount Barney when he fell from his rope just before 1pm on Saturday.

In a statement this afternoon, the Queensland Police Service confirmed the man remained missing after falling “several hundred metres”.

A police search and rescue coordinator is now at the scene, managing the incident.

Authorities are in communication with the two other climbers who remain on the cliff, unable to climb up or down, police said.

A rescue helicopter has so far been unable to locate the missing climber.

The cliff face, known as the Governor, is popular with sports climbers.

No further information was available at the time of writing.