Brightest Indian-Australian “young mind” Dr Ujvala Vemuru dies in Gold Coast waterfall tragedy

Ujvala tried to retrieve the tripod but slipped and fell 10 metres down a slope and another 10 metres off a waterfall.

Dr Ujvala Vemuru, a promising young medic, has plunged to her death off a waterfall after trying to retrieve photographic equipment.

The Gold Coast Bulletin reported that on Saturday afternoon Dr Vemuru had been hiking with friends at Yanbacoochie Falls in Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

Image: Lamington National Park (Source: https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/lamington/journeys/box-forest-circuit)

The group stopped to take photos using a tripod which soon fell over a ledge.

- Advertisement -

Dr Vemuru tried to retrieve the tripod but slipped and fell 10 metres down a slope and another 10 metres off a waterfall.

It is further reported that three off-duty doctors worked tirelessly to save Dr Vemuru but she tragically died at the scene.

Paramedics and firefighters reportedly attended the area where Ms Vemuru died earlier this week to retrieve the body.

Image: Dr Ujvala Vemuru (Source: Facebook)

Dr Vemuru, who is from Western Australia, graduated from Gold Coast’s Bond University last year with a Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine.

She was earlier honoured as one of “WA’s brightest young minds” for her exam results at Willetton Senior High School in 2018.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesperson told media that it took some time for multiple emergency crews to locate the woman and carry out a risk assessment.

- Advertisement -

Queensland police will prepare a report for the Coroner.

Support Our Journalism

Global Indian Diaspora needs fair, non-hyphenated, and questioning journalism, packed with on-ground reporting. The Australia Today – with exceptional reporters, columnists, and editors – is doing just that. Sustaining this needs support from wonderful readers like you.

Whether you live in Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States of America, or India you can take a paid subscription by clicking Patreon. Buy an annual ‘The Australia Today Membership’ to support independent journalism and get special benefits.