A sad story from the Kokoda Trail in the lead-up to ANZAC Day next Saturday…
A WOMAN from
Samantha Killen, 36, of
It was believed she was suffering from dehydration, but the cause of death remained unclear yesterday.
Ms Killen, who worked at the ANZ Bank in
A relative yesterday declined to comment because the family was still too traumatised.
Like many other Australians, the Killen family was attempting the 96km walk to commemorate the loss of more than 600 Australian soldiers in some of the fiercest fighting of World War II.
Ms Killen’s group reportedly hoped to finish the walk in time for Anzac Day this Saturday.
A spokesman from the Australian foreign affairs and trade department confirmed that a Victorian woman had died while walking the trail.
“Consular officers from the High Commission in
Former executive officer of the Kokoda Track Authority Warren Bartlett had heard from one tour guide, Dik Knight, that the woman was one of about half a dozen hikers seen to be struggling last Friday morning.
“Everyone was in really bad condition,” Mr Bartlett said.
“Apparently, the woman while having breakfast, complained that she felt dizzy when she got up.
“She sat down but she got up again and continued walking but collapsed and died along the track.”
Mr Knight, who was walking in the opposite direction, believed he had been talking to Ms Killen at the Va’ Ule Creek campsite and her group the night before she died and they seemed in good spirits.
When Mr Knight last saw Ms Killen’s group, they were preparing for the eight-hour trek up the demanding Ioribaiwa Ridge.