Five feet under

2017 Norway avalanche rescue

A remarkable story of a major avalanche, burial, rescue and survival in Norway.  Great work by Norwegian avalanche rescue teams.  [Five feet under]

Photo: First rescue workers have arrived at the avalanche site. They search alongside the skiing party. 

 

BSAR Club Contacts function has ceased

Since BSAR’s inception in 1949 we have maintained a network of Club Contacts whose role is to participate in calling out club members active with BSAR to search for missing persons.

Often working late at night, our Club Contact’s dedication and contribution to BSAR’s success as an emergency service cannot be overstated. Club Contacts were last used during the protracted search at Mt Dom Dom in 2009.

However, over recent years technology has evolved to provide more efficient electronic methods to call out members, which means the role of Club Contact is now no longer required.

I would like to extend our thanks and appreciation for your commitment and service to BSAR as a Club Contact.

BSAR will continue to use our automated call-out system. If necessary, our Police Liaison Officers can also use a “fifty most active members” list to conduct a manual call-out.

Many Club Contacts have ongoing roles within BSAR including Searchers, Delegates and Peer Supporters. We look forward to their continued contribution in those roles.

For those who have only been operating as a Club Contact, we hope you will also remain connected with BSAR.

Once again, I would like to thank all Club Contacts for their significant contribution to BSAR.

Peter Campbell
Convener

Peter Briggs AO leads successful search for missing submarine AE1

BSAR Field Organiser and Retired Rear Admiral Peter Briggs lead the Find AE1 team that found submarine HMAS AE1 103 years after it disappeared during World War 1.

The fate of HMAS AE1 had been one of the navy’s most enduring puzzles, sparking 13 different retrieval attempts since 1914.

The 800-tonne vessel was discovered under 300 metres of water near Duke of York Island in Papua New Guinea.

Casing of HMAS AE1 submarine wreck
Casing of HMAS AE1 in waters off the Duke of York Island group in Papua New Guinea. Photograph: Fugro Survey/AAP

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Our new BSAR website has gone live

Our new mobile-friendly website is now live with  a simplified menu structure and a fresh look.

Some content has been added to our BSAR Manual which will undergo further revisions.

You can provide us with feedback on the new website here.

Peter Campbell, BSAR Convener

Pioneers of Bushwalking Exhibition

The Pioneers of Bushwalking exhibition was officially launched on Monday, 24 October 2011 by Tim Holding MP, Shadow Treasurer during this year’s History Week celebrations. The exhibition is a collection of stunning images and artefacts that explore the fascinating history of the Melbourne Walking Club and some of the remarkable achievements of its members.

Past Bush Search and Rescue member Stuart Brookes features in one of the photographs.

The exhibition runs until Friday, 9 December 2011. Entry is free.

  • Where: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne 3000
  • When: 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday
  • More details: [link]

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Trip intentions website

A Trip Intentions website is now available for people who would like to submit their trip intentions online via email to designated contact people.  This site provides a quick and easy way to advise your nominated contacts about details of your trip – and when to “raise the alarm” if you don’t return by your specified date.

Some information on distress beacons and what do to do if you get lost is also provided.

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Missing walker found and rescued near Mt Shillinglaw

An experienced hiker who set off a distress beacon in Victoria’s alps yesterday afternoon was found safe on Friday 13 May 2011.

Police found the 30-year-old Alphington man at 8.20am on Friday, 19 hours after he set off the distress signal on rugged Mount Shillinglaw, about 60 kilometres south of Mansfield.

Senior Sergeant Lyn Holland, from Mansfield police, said the man had become disoriented as freezing temperatures and snow descended on the mountain about 1pm on Thursday.

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