A seven-year-old boy has been hailed a "brave little superhero" after surviving a terrifying cliff fall in a remote national park in Western Australia.
At around 10.40am on Friday 2 October, police received a phone call about a young boy falling down Joffre Gorge in the Karijini National Park.
Following the fall the boy was unconscious, WA Police confirmed to Yahoo News Australia.
While emergency crews were en-route to the national park, the boy regained consciousness.
A WA Police statement said that within an hour paramedics were down the gorge tending to the boy, who is named Daniel.
The multi-agency operation involved a vertical lift and extraction, upon hearing about the incident, staff from Fortescue Metals Group and other tourists assisted with the lift.
On Wednesday, Tom Price Police gave a shout out to Daniel for being “the bravest little superhero” on their Twitter page.
“Friday’s fun day at Karijini changed in an instant for this family,” they wrote.
After the sensitive rescue operation was carried out, Daniel was taken to Tom Price Hospital about 2.30pm, however, police stayed with him until he was taken to the airport at Paraburdoo to meet the Royal Flying Doctors about 9.30pm.
“Daniel and his mother were stoic and calm throughout the ordeal, both showing exemplary demeanour and bravery,” WA Police said in a statement to Yahoo News Australia.
Daniel’s family gave permission to Tom Price Police to share images of Daniel wearing a neck brace to help raise awareness about the importance of safety in the area.
“Daniel was truly amazing and we are excited to hear you are on the road to recovery,” the police said on Wednesday.
“With their ok, let’s spread the word #safetyfirst #respectthedangers.”
“Police wish to remind people visiting the area to respect the dangers and ‘be prepared’ - have an emergency plan, wear appropriate clothing and foot wear, have a first aid kit, and never ever be complacent,” WA Police said in a statement.
WA Police thanked everyone involved in the rescue, which would not have been possible without all those involved.
Located in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, Karijini National Park is the state’s second largest national park, covering 627,422 hectares.
The state’s Parks and Wildlife Service does warn the gorges can be dangerous.
“Stay back from cliff edges – they are about 100 metres high, often with loose rocks near the edge,” the website says.
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