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Falling branches damage two campsites

Two families had narrow misses with red gums which dropped their limbs on their campsites recently.

JESS CRAIG January 31, 2014 4:20am

One of the cars damaged by falling tree branches recently.


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Two families were lucky to escape injury or death when huge branches fell from two red gums earlier this month.

The branches, which fell in two consecutive weeks at different camping areas on the outskirts of Echuca, destroyed two cars and came within metres of a tent.

The first branch fell around 2am, crushing a Holden Commodore and leaving campers in shock.

A week later, a second branch fell just after a family had exited their four-wheel drive to check fishing lines at their campsite.

It came within metres of a tent where they had been sleeping during their holiday.

Their four-wheel drive was destroyed.

The branches fell at campsites around Pianta Rd.

Echuca-Moama Search and Rescue was called to help remove the huge, heavy branches at both incidents.

Mr Rowe said he was shocked by the damage and echoed his colleague’s calls for people to take care when camping in the area.

‘‘It’s a reminder to people to look up before they set up,’’ he said.

‘‘These trees are dangerous, particularly on hot and still days.

‘‘The river banks and campsites are covered with red gums.

‘‘The branches are heavy and if they come down on you, they can severely injure or kill you.

‘‘Don’t underestimate the danger.’’

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