Cape Hauy climbers rescued after falling 15 meters to the Totem Pole ledge and sustaining ‘extensive damage’

Two climbers have been pulled to safety after one of them fell 15 meters down a rocky ledge over sea swells at a popular climbing spot off the southeast coast of Tasmania.

Police said the couple was rescued from a “challenging spot” on the popular Totem Pole climb at Cape Hauy around 6 p.m. 7.30pm on Tuesday and one of the climbers sustained “extensive damage” from their fall.

The climbers, whose names have not been released, stranded on a ledge about 250 meters from the top of the cape on the Tasman Peninsula.


“One of the men was in the lead climbing when he fell about 15 feet and sustained extensive injuries,” police said in a statement.

A highlighted area showing two figures on a cliff edge
A climber is waiting to be rescued from a ledge.(Delivered: Tasmania Police)

Both climbers were flown to Royal Hobart Hospital.

The other climber was unharmed, police said.

The area is popular with sightseeers and climbers, with the candlestick and totem pole main features at local attractions.

Several climbers have been injured on the 65-meter-high Totem Pole pillar over the years.

In February 2019, a 26-year-old man suffered back injuries as he tried to cross from the totem pole to Cape Hauy.

A group of six climbers were rescued from the bottom of the Candlestick at Cape Hauy in December 2019.

The famous climber Paul Pritchard almost died when he tried to climb the totem pole in 1998, and 18 years later he returned and successfully conquered the slender sea stack on the east coast of Tasmania.

Total pole climbers from far away
The cliffs are a popular destination for climbers.(ABC News: Peter Curtis)


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