Japanese tourist dies climbing Uluru

A Japanese Tourist Has Died While Attempting To Climb Uluru

A Japanese Tourist Has Died While Attempting To Climb Uluru

A Japanese tourist has died while climbing Uluru.

"A helicopter had to be utilised to retrieve this person and take him back to Yulara clinic, but unfortunately he passed away", Duty Superintendent Shaun Gill told Australia's ABC.

Emergency services responded to a call on Tuesday afternoon, but the 76-year-old was declared dead at the scene.

Last year, the board of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park voted unanimously to ban the climb because its cultural significance.

The climb has now claimed 37 lives since records were first kept in the 1950s, with the majority falling or succumbing to heat stress and dehydration.

"The death is being treated as non-suspicious and police are preparing a file for the coroner".

Signs around its base that request visitors reconsider climbing it have been in place since 1992.

Uluru is sacred to Australia's Indigenous peoples because it's believed to have been formed during the Dreamtime, which is the ancient period when all living things were created, and whose spirits continue into the present.

"The climb is not prohibited but we ask you to respect our law and culture by not climbing Uluru", says a notice on the National Park's website.

Chairman and senior Traditional Owner Sammy Wilson said the decision to close the climb came after extensive consultation.

The ban is set to begin on October 26th next year, to coincide with the 34th anniversary of Uluru's handback to traditional land owners. "We worry about you and we worry about your family".

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