Missing deer hunter found near Tamboritha saddle

Fri 19 May 2017. 21:00  BSAR members were called out to assist with a search for a missing deer hunter near Tamboritha Saddle in Gippsland.

Sat 20 May 2017. Eleven BSAR members participated in the search.  Some of the terrain was steep and very difficult to search. The deer hunter was found by a Maffra SES search team around midday and was able to walk out with a search party.  The BSAR crew returned on Saturday night.

Our thanks to the 11 BSAR searchers who attended and the 6 who responded to the second callout that was cancelled.

Our thanks also to the Police Transport Branch for their usual excellent service and their coach, Parks Victoria for making facilities available, the Police Field Kitchen for their much appreciated meals and of course Police Search and Rescue for their search coordination and 4WD transport.

2017 Tamboritha seach BSAR crew

BSAR search crew

Behind the Log BSAR newsletter November 2016 edition

The November 2016 edition of Behind the Log, Bush Search and Rescue's newsletter, can be downloaded [here] (PDF).
Articles include:
  • Monbulk Search, 23 May 2016
  • Welcome to New BSAR Members
  • Grampians Search, 27-28 September 2016
  • 2017 BSAR Training Weekend 25-26 March
  • BSAR Training Weekend 16-17 July 2016
  • World Championship Rogaine 23-24 2016
  • Bush Navigation – Practice Makes Perfect
  • BSAR standardises GPS units and setup
  • Membership Secretary Needed

Behind The Log November 2016

2017 Annual Training - March 25/26

BSAR's 2017 training weekend will be on 25/26 March at Korweinguboora.

Those members and prospective members who have enrolled for this training have been sent their final instructions.

Anyone who has not received them should email training[at]bsar[dot]org .

Search for missing person in Grampians

Mon 26 Sep 2016. 16:30  BSAR members were called out to assist with a search for a missing person in the Grampians.    Police and family members held grave fears for the missing person's wellbeing from the outset. 

BSAR Searchers at Grampians 2016


Search around Yea for missing person


Saturday 20/08/16.  BSAR was called out for a search for a missing person near Yea

Sunday 21/08/16.  Sixteen BSAR members attended the search alongside SES and CFA crews and returned to Melbourne the same day.  The missing person was not found.


Senior Sergeant Barry Gibson retires

Bush Search and Rescue members attended a farewell for Senior Sergeant Barry Gibson on 30 June 2016 for his retirement from Police Search and Rescue after 33 years of notable service with the squad. 

BSAR members with Barry Gibson

Peter Campbell, Roger Palmer, Franz Zgoznik, Senior Sgt Barry Gibson, Duncan Brookes & Eric Krista

Barry has been a great friend and supporter of Bush Search and Rescue. We have greatly appreciated Barry's leadership on numerous searches over the years and the excellent support and encouragement he has provided to BSAR training events and more broadly to the organisation.

BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training 29-31 July 2016

BSAR Steep snow and ice training
For BSAR members with Steep Snow and Ice rating, and those seeking it, the Steep Snow and Ice alpine training this year is on 29-31 July 2016 at Bogong Village/Falls Creek.  
The training will include travelling in alpine environments, snow and ice safety, rescue techniques, using crampons and ice axes and sled haulage on steep terrain.
Who should attend?
  • North East and other BSAR members keen to acquire steep snow and ice skills
  • BSAR members with Steep Snow & Ice rating "T" (technical) or "C" (competent)

Behind the Log BSAR newsletter May 2016 edition

The May 2016 edition of Behind the Log, Bush Search and Rescue's newsletter, can be downloaded [here] (PDF).

Articles include:
  • Lerderderg Search, 18 February 2016
  • Sawmill Settlement Search, 26-28 April 2016
  • New Search Equipment Storage Arrangements
  • Emergency Services Volunteers Leaders Forum
  • Steep Snow and Ice Training 29-31 July 2016
  • BSAR Annual Training Weekend 15-17 July 2016

BSAR Behind The Log May 2016

BSAR annual training at JB Plain 15-17 July 2016

The Bush Search and Rescue Annual Training weekend was held on 15-17 July 2016 at JB Plain near Mt Hotham.  61 BSAR members and prospective members attended.
The weekend provided BSAR members and other interested experienced bushwalkers with training in skills for bush and alpine search and rescue. The program included exercises on first aid, treating hypothermia, using Bothy shelters, building survival shelters, evacuating a patient using Sked stretchers, radio use, navigation and night searching.

BSAR 2016 JB Plain training

Search for missing person near Monbulk


Sunday 22/05/16.  BSAR were called out for a search for a missing person near Monbulk, Melbourne.  

Monday 23/05/16.  Twenty BSAR members were deployed and searched in bush areas near Monbulk

The search concluded late on Monday afternoon when the body of the missing person was located.

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