Man, baby dead after fall from 36m wall

Rodiano Bonacci
Апреля 22, 2021

The Whispering Wall is the retaining wall of the Barossa Reservoir, with the 36-metre high structure built between 1899 and 1903.

Emergency services rushed to Whispering Wall in Williamstown about 4.30pm on Wednesday after bystanders reported seeing the pair fall from the dam wall.

Shocked witnesses first raised the alarm at 4.30pm, with SA Ambulance Service (SAAS) sending a unit based at the nearby Hamley Bridge station to the dam.

A 4.32pm, a call-out was sent for additional units from Playford and Oakden ambulance stations requesting assistance for an "emergency" situation.

He said the mother was not present at the dam but had called the police emergency line within a short time of witnesses also calling triple zero.

SA Ambulance then dispatched the Special Operations Team, which is a crew of paramedics trained to perform high-risk search and rescue procedures including those involving water and cliff rescues.

By 4.48pm the mission had changed to a body retrieval.

Upon arrival, emergency crews found the man deceased at the bottom of the wall, while the baby girl was unresponsive.

South Australia Police said the baby could not be revived and died at the scene.

When emergency services arrived they found a deceased man and the unresponsive child, who died despite the efforts of the public and paramedics.

"Paramedics worked on the infant but sadly, she died at the scene".

Emergency response 1 call outs show the moments leading up to the incident.

They confirmed there were no other persons of interest.

"Clearly, they have had a child together, there was a relationship there but something has happened within that relationship", he said.

A report will be prepared for the coroner and police aren't treating the incident as suspicious, nor are they looking for suspects.

SA police were called to the Whispering Wall in Williamstown at 4.30pm on Wednesday.

Due to the curvature of the dam and where it's located, people can stand on opposite ends of the wall and whisper something and have it heard crystal clear by the other person. "Children in particular love visiting the wall and testing its abilities", Barossa Australia says.

The reservoir remains closed this morning, with South Australian major crime detectives and forensic crime scene investigators continuing to examine the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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