Sydney father wants answers for waterhole tragedy

A grieving father has asked the NSW Government to explain why after three deaths, including his sons and countless injuries, not even a warning sign was put up at a notorious swimming hole. 

Louis Vanderstappen, 19, was swimming at the popular watering-hole, Hanging Rock Falls, near Nimbin, when he swung from a rope dangling over the water. His foot got caught in the rope and he hit his head on the cliff face and subsequently drowned.

It was the third death at the popular watering hole in the last decade. After Louis was killed, the rope was removed, but his father Michel has said it shouldn't have got to this point, the Northern Star reported.   

Louis Vanderstappen, 19, was on his way to the Falls festival when he stopped at the popular watering hole, Hanging Rock Falls

Louis Vanderstappen, 19, was on his way to the Falls festival when he stopped at the popular watering hole, Hanging Rock Falls

After swinging from the rope (pictured), he got entangled and was smacked back against the cliff. He fell into the water and drowned 

After swinging from the rope (pictured), he got entangled and was smacked back against the cliff. He fell into the water and drowned 

'How was that rope allowed to stay there after two other people had lost their lives?' Mr Vanderstappen said.

'It's just not good enough and I believe the public need to be aware of this shocking mismanagement, which has forever affected our family.'

A statement of claim was lodged by Slater and Gordon in the District Court in December.    

It claims the Department was negligent in a number of areas, including failing to conduct

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