Bush walker safety in the spotlight after wilderness rescue

November 01, 2021

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A bush walker rescue in Tasmania’s south west has prompted a safety reminder from Police.

Emergency services, including the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, responded to a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) shortly after 10am this morning.

A group of four Tasmanians had begun a multi-day walk in Melaleuca on Thursday, when exhaustion set in and two of the group couldn’t continue.

The PLB was registered with up to date details, which helped police confirm details about the walking party.

The two walkers were found around midday, near the Ironbound Range and were airlifted back to Dover.

Police have praised the preparedness of the group, Senior Constable Callum Herbert saying the group did the right thing by requesting assistance.

“As we get closer to summer it’s important for everyone to remember that conditions can change quickly and Tasmania’s wilderness can be challenging”.

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Bush walkers are being reminded to take the appropriate equipment like a map and torch; clothing and footwear to suit any conditions, a waterproof jacket; adequate food and water and a first aid kit.

Other tips include to research the intended trip to ensure the walk is within your abilities and fitness level.

Check the expected weather forecast, map the trip, and let someone know before you go.

Police have advised walkers to always carry a fully charged mobile phone & PBL; and consider a portable charger to extend your tech battery life.

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