John Walker from the Workers and Divers hostel.
John Walker from the Workers and Divers hostel. ROB BARICH

Shock after German tourist's death

MANY backpackers are in shock following the death last week of a 24-year-old German woman who was picking tomatoes at a Childers farm.

Bundy Workers and Divers Hostel director John Walker said the woman had not been staying at his hostel, but many of his backpackers were upset following her death.

“I understand she was only in Australia for two days,” he said.

Mr Walker said that following the incident he had a meeting with his backpackers to go through sun-safety issues with them.

“We try to make them aware of how to recognise heat stress and so on,” he said.

The director also urges his backpackers to each take about four litres of water with them.

He said it was sometimes difficult to make people understand the effects of the hot weather.

“We have a lot of problems even convincing people to put their food in the fridge,” Mr Walker said.

A police spokesman said the coroner was still handling the matter and it was unknown when the results of the post mortem would be made public.

Police were still refusing to release the woman’s name yesterday.



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