Otways search call out, June 2011


Mon 20/6/11 . A search call out for Bush Search and Rescue was initiated for a man missing in the Otways.

Tues 21/6/11: Missing man was located early in the morning.  The bus transporting BSAR searchers turned around shortly after departure.

Search for missing deer hunter at Tomahawk Creek, June 2011

BSAR were called out to search for a missing deer hunter in the bush at Tomahawk Hut near Mount Stirling and departed Melbourne early on Monday 6 June 2011.

Mon 6/6. BSAR searchers experienced difficult terrain, vegetation and weather.

Tue 7/6. More BSAR searchers joined the search after a second call out.  Snow storms coated much of the vegetation and made the steep terrain difficult to negotiate.  After extensive feature searching of nearby terrain and intensive searching near the point last seen near Tomahawk Creek, the missing person had not been found.

Wed 8/6. Searching resumed early on Wednesday after 15cm of snow fell overnight.  Sago snow and hail fell during the day with continued bad weather contributing to difficult search conditions, with the missing person still not located.

Thu 9/6. Additional members departed Melbourne after a third BSAR call out and joined the search effort.  Further feature searching was  conducted throughout the day.  The missing person was still not located.

Fri 10/6. BSAR members line searched during the day in improved weather conditions.  Unfortunately, the missing person was still not located.  All BSAR members departed the search base mid afternoon and returned to Melbourne.  Police and other services are continuing with the search.

Steep snow and ice training 2011 at Mount Stirling

Two separate training sessions for steep snow and ice rescue training were held this year – a dryland training day covering theory and some off-snow exercises, and a weekend at Mount Stirling where we focused on steep snow and ice rescue skills in an alpine environment.

For the weekend at Mount Stirling, we departed on Friday night (8 July 2011) and camped at Mansfield to get an early start on Saturday.  The Police bus dropped us at Telephone Box Junction on Mount Stirling, then we skied up to our campsite at Bluff Spur Hut.

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Search and Rescue for three people on Mount Bogong, 9 August 2004

On Sunday 9/8/2004  Falls Creek Police Station rang to seek assistance from Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club Search and Rescue group, a part of BSAR.

Three people on the summit of Mt Bogong had contacted emergency services by mobile phone requesting urgent assistance. They were all very cold and one was suffering severely from hypothermia. They had dug snow holes near Eskdale Point with blizzard conditions prevailing.

Five members from B.N.S.C. plus a ski patroller from Mt Hotham responded to the call out and met at Mt Beauty Police station.

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