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Dramatic Scenes in Wonga Beach Resolved Safely

Residents report that the northern end of Marlin Drive was closed to traffic and pedestrians from around 1.30 pm yesterday as emergency services and defence forces moved in to assist a resident with mental health concerns.
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The sleepy streets of Wonga Beach were the scene of a dramatic police and army rescue mission for almost six hours yesterday afternoon. Local authorities and Cairns experts worked together to safely negotiate with a resident experiencing mental health issues.


Nearby residents report that the northern end of Marlin Drive was closed to traffic and pedestrians from around 1.30 pm. The situation developed through until 7.30 pm with a dramatic influx of emergency experts including police, negotiators, fire, ambulance and four vehicles of armed defence force personnel.


It is understood that the situation ended calmly and safely shortly afterwards, with the resident in concern taken into appropriate medical care.

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Army personnel, police and other emergency services from Mossman, Port Douglas and Cairns attended the scene of yesterday’s incident in Wonga Beach. Image Supplied.
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Marlin Drive was the scene of a police and army road block yesterday afternoon and evening as concerns for the health of a resident evolved. Image Supplied.

Do you or someone you know need help? Try the following services:

SANE Support

SANE Helpline Talk to a mental health professional (Monday to Friday, 10am-10pm AEST) 1800 18 7263
SANE Forums Anonymous, moderated peer support 24/7 saneforums.org

Crisis Support

Emergency, police & ambulance 000 (24 Hrs)
Lifeline telephone counselling 13 11 14 (24 Hrs)
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 (24 Hrs)
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 (24 Hrs)

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Michael Howard Edwards
3 months ago

.Really interested in this story. What happened to precipitate such a large response from emergency services?

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