A bushwalker was reported injured after a fall near Eagles Peaks above the Howqua River, on Friday 3 Dec 2010. BSAR were called to assist in a rescue operation and departed Melbourne very early on Saturday 4 December 2010. From Mansfield Police Station, BSAR searchers were driven up to 8 Mile Gap in Police and SES four wheel drives.
The rescue party commenced the walk up to Eagles Peaks about 6am. The weather was fine and sunny after yesterday’s storms. The BSAR team joined the Police Search and Rescue and SES team who were already at the summit.
Video of rescue operations at Eagles Peaks
A team went down the ridge to render assistance. The ridge was very steep and rocky. Another team traversed back and descended the flank of the ridge attempting to reach the two walkers and got within 100m of them. It was slippery with loose rocks. The walkers couldn’t be heard as they were in a gully.
The Air Ambulance helicopter returned and conducted a dramatic rescue, winching both walkers and their gear to safety.
The walkers had been able to raise the alarm by mobile phone, and were lucky to have reception from this area.
Last Updated on January 27, 2023