Boy lost on mountain
By DARREN COYNE
A SEARCH yesterday failed to locate an 11-year-old school boy who went missing on Mt Warning near Murwillumbah about midday yesterday.
The student of the Silkwood Steiner School on the Gold Coast was last seen about midday at the bottom of "the chains" near the summit as his school group prepared to descend the mountain.
It is understood that the group of 24 students and about six adults was half-way down the mountain before it was noticed the boy was missing.
A search involving police, National Parks and Wildlife Service officers, Tweed Valley Rescue Association and State Emergency Service volunteers began mid-afternoon, as members of the school group gathered anxiously in the car park.
The Rural Fire Service also assisted by clearing tracks for the searchers.
Last night, with light fading, searchers set up a base camp to stay near the mountain overnight and planned to resume the search at first light this morning.
At the time he went missing the boy, of Asian appearance, was wearing a green t-shirt, grey shorts, a green broad-brimmed hat and joggers. He also had a blue/grey denim jacket in his bag.
No-one from the school, which is located in the Nerang hinterland, was prepared to speak with the Daily News yesterday.
It is understood rescuers were hampered by poor communications on the mountain with police and rescue organisations forced to use personal mobile telephones.
It is the second time in weeks that rescue crews have been called to Mt Warning.
Just last month a 43-year-old New Zealand woman was plucked from near the summit with a suspected fractured leg by the Lismore-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Grant Prendecast, officer in charge of the Murwillumbah ambulance station, said then that rescuers were called to the mountain on average once every month.
Mr Prendecast had issued a warning that climbing the mountain could be dangerous.