BSAR call-out to Wellington Plains to assist school group, October 2012

Thursday 11/10/2012.  Bush Search and Rescue was called out for a 10pm departure from Melbourne.

Fri 12/10.  18 BSAR members travelled to Licola to render assistance. The BSAR group returned to Melbourne at 4pm.

Victoria experienced unseasonal cold winter conditions, including snow in alpine regions.  A high school group of 11 students and 3 staff was stranded by bad weather and snow while on a bushwalk in the Wellington Plains region of Gippsland.  The group was successfully evacuated by the SES and Victoria Police using oversnow transport.

BSAR Team at Licola

Additional information

The group used a satellite phone to contact Police.  This enabled them to communicate the condition of their party and receive advice on how to best handle the situation.  The ability to communicate using a satellite phone provides significant advantages compared to using a PLB or Spot.
While cold temperatures and snow were unusual for the time of year,  the weather event was forecast.

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