Search for missing person at Combienbar, December 2010

Call-outA man was reported missing near Combienbar in East Gippsland on Sunday 5 December 2010.  Bush Search and Rescue were called to participate in the search with our first group of 14 departing Melbourne at 2:00am Monday 6 December 2010.

After two days of searching by Victoria Police, Bush Search and Rescue, the State Emergency Services and the Department of Sustainability, a second group of 15 Bush Search and Rescue members departed Melbourne 2am Wednesday 8 December 2010, bringing the total BSAR searchers to 29.

Bush Search and Rescue groups continued to conduct search tasks in and around the Tiger Snake Creek catchment. The earlier searching had provided valuable evidence of the missing man’s movements, and on Wednesday afternoon he was finally found. After a Bush Search and Rescue party located him, four other Bush Search and Rescue parties nearby converged to provide first aid and support. Police Search and Rescue members also arrived with a stretcher and coordinated shifting the missing man, Peter, to a nearby location where he could be safely winched out by the Air Ambulance helicopter.

After the helicopter winched Peter out, the rescue party walked up a ridge to waiting vehicles for a ride back to search base.  We were lucky with weather.  It starting raining heavily just after all search groups had returned.

Peter’s sister has passed on these thanks:

All the fantastic volunteers from Bush Search and Rescue Victoria are legends. You probably don’t know this but the man you rescued from the dense bush outside Combienbar was my brother. Words cannot really express the gratitude my family has for you and all the volunteers who dropped everything at a moment’s notice to go and search for Peter. Without the BSAR, the Police Search and Rescue, local Gippsland police, Police Operational Response Unit, SES and DSE all coordinating he would not have been found. But special thanks to BSAR because you actually found him. THANK YOU TO ALL THE MEMBERS FROM BSAR WHO WERE PART OF THE SEARCH AT COMBIENBAR.
All the best and heartfelt appreciation from Peter’s family.

 

30 BSAR searchers attended the search over two call-outs and 3 days.

Update: 18:00 8/12/10. Missing person airlifted out by Air Ambulance, all search teams returned to search base then to Melbourne via bus.

Bush Search and Rescue responded to a call-out for a bush search for a missing person near Combienbar, East Gippsland, departing 2:45am Monday 6 Dec 2010 from Nunawading Police Station.   30 BSAR searchers attended the search over two call-outs and 3 days.

Update: 18:00 8/12/10. Missing person airlifted out by Air Ambulance, all search teams returned to search base then to Melbourne via bus.

Update 16.45 8/12/10. The search has been successful with the man being found by a BSAR team in Tiger Snake Creek. Several BSAR teams are with the man and providing first aid.

Update 21.30 7/12/10. Another 15 searchers will join the search Wednesday morning after departing Melbourne at 02.00am. Seven searchers returned to Melbourne late today so there will be 22 BSAR members in the field tomorrow. A large tract of the area surrounding the location where the Prospector was last seen has been searched but no clues as to the whereabouts of the missing person have been found.

Update 11:30 7/12/10.  On standby for second call-out, possible departure early Wed 8/12.  Reply to SMS to confirm your availability.

Update 21:00 6/12/10.  Search teams (six groups of two) have been active all day on search tasks in hot and humid conditions.  The missing person has not been located.

 

 

Bush Search and Rescue search team on days 1 and 2

Bush Search and Rescue search team on day 3
Bush Search and Rescue search team on day 3

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Peter Campbell, BSAR Convener, 10 Dec 2010