BSAR searchers and other emergency services workers directly involved in the search for Luke Shambrook over Easter were thanked in State Parliament on Wednesday 22 April by Premier Daniel Andrews, the Minister for Emergency Services, Jane Garrett and Luke's parents. The thanks for our efforts was warmly appreciated.
Premier Daniel Andrews and BSAR members
Tuesday 7 April 2015
The search for Luke Shambrook in Fraser National Park near Eildon resulted in him being found alive after a five day search.
A total of 63 BSAR members contributed to the search effort including 55 searchers, 2 Police Liaison Officers and 6 Peer Supporters. A BSAR searcher found the boy's hat in dense bush during a line search on day four. He was spotted by helicopter on day 5 then carried out to safety. Frank Zgoznik, BSAR Field Organiser
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Prepared and published: Bush Search and Rescue Victoria. A0002548Y. Date last updated: 12 March 2015. Version: Draft, undergoing review.
The October 2014 edition of Behind The Log, Bush Search and Rescue's regular newsletter, is now published and can be downloaded from [here] (pdf).
A video of Victoria Police Search and Rescue training at Mount Arapilies.
Mt Bogong search 13-15 July 2014
Two snowboarders failed to return home as expected from a trip to Mt Bogong on Saturday evening 12 July. Police initiated a full BSAR callout of both north east and Melbourne members early Sunday morning. Three BSAR members from the Birkenbeiner Nordic Ski Club at Mt Beauty quickly responded, climbing to Michell Hut where the men’s tent was situated, and commenced searching the debris below a recent avalanche site that had been located off the east side of the upper Eskdale Spur.
On Sunday evening a large team of Police Search and Rescue and additional BSAR members from Melbourne climbed to Michell hut and prepared for a large scale search effort. Searching the avalanche debris located one victim on Monday morning. As the fate the two men was now tragically clear, on Monday evening all BSAR searchers were flown off Mt Bogong by Police helicopter.
Police Search and Rescue and BSAR searchers preparing at Michell Hut
Mt Bogong search and rescue 5-6 July 2014
Once sufficiently re-warmed, each man was moved down to Bivouac Hut for further treatment, now assisted by members of Police Search and Rescue Squad. At Bivouac Hut additional BSAR members from Melbourne and Mt Beauty, as well as local SES personnel, assisted in getting the men off Mt Bogong. This was successfully achieved by the end of the day. Both men made a full recovery.