Hiker raised alarm over body found on Coast mountain ledge
UPDATE 3.55PM: Rescue crews have retrieved the body of a woman who fell 50m to her death in the Glass House Mountains today.
Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the woman's fall from a cliff on Mt Ngungun.
A hiker first called 000 after seeing the woman's body on a precarious ledge on the side of the mountain.
The rescue team had to abseil down the mountain to reach the woman, who was believed to be abseiling before her fall.
UPDATE 1:15PM: A HIKER called 000 after spotting the body of a woman on a ledge in the Glass House Mountains this morning, sparking a mad dash from emergency crews to rescue the woman.
Eyewitnesses said she was unresponsive, before Queensland Police confirmed that the woman had died.
Police are now investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the female climber.
A Queensland Police spokesman told the Daily that emergency services were called when the woman was spotted on a precarious ledge this morning.
She was found with a backpack.
Emergency services are still trying to access the body, and are still trying to determine how she fell.
Police, paramedics, the SES, and three fire crews, including two specialised trucks with rescue equipment, remain on scene.
UPDATE 12.14PM: An abseiler has fallen to her death after a horrific accident at a Sunshine Coast mountain.
It has been confirmed that a woman in her 50s has died after falling at Mt Ngungun at the Glass House Mountains.
Rescue crews rushed to the mountain at 10am, with emergency services evacuating Mt Ngungun to allow a rescue team through with abseiling equipment to access the woman.
The woman was believed to be abseiling when she fell up to 50 metres down the side of the mountain.
An eyewitness had previously said the person who fell was unresponsive.
Initial reports indicated that the fallen person was a man.
UPDATE 11.43AM: A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokesman confirmed that emergency crews are preparing to abseil down the mountain to the spot where a person has fallen.
It is believed a man was abseiling down the 40-50 metre side of the mountain when he fell.
Reports from a witness at the scene indicate that the man is currently unresponsive.
Hiker Nancy Cotton was climbing Mt Ngungun when emergency services evacuated the mountain.
"Fire crews just went up with backpacks and rescue harnesses on," Ms Cotton said.
BREAKING: Mystery surrounds the evacuation of a popular Sunshine Coast mountain with hikers reporting that young girls were seen near the edge.
Police, paramedics, and fire crews are gathering at the base of the summit track of Mount Ngungun.
A Queensland Police spokeswoman said they were called to a welfare check at the mountain.
Paramedics have arrived on scene but are not able to access the area, and have called the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service to assist.
The SES are also assisting with the rescue.
A QFES spokeswoman said three trucks were attending the mountain, including firetrucks and trucks with vertical rescue gear.
Hiker Nancy Cotton was climbing the mountain with her son when they were told to leave by emergency crews.
"Everyone has come down now and they've closed it," she said.
"No one is allowed up anymore."
Ms Cotton said after speaking with other hikers, multiple people had spotted some young girls getting very close to the edge.
"They were quite close to the edge and they haven't come back down," she said.