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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Mon 10 Dec, 2018 2:20 pm

Update from ABC

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-10/ ... r/10598302

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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby icefest » Mon 10 Dec, 2018 5:40 pm

"On Sunday, Tasmania Police told of the efforts to rescue Ms Walker, which involved risking the lives of emergency crews in hazardous conditions at the crash site, 100 metres below the summit at West Portal, near Federation Peak and the Western Arthur Range."
Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Tue 12 Feb, 2019 3:21 pm

From ABC News

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-12/ ... a/10803672

A climber has been plucked to safety after he suffered spinal injuries near the notorious Totem pole in Tasmania's south.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Mon 22 Apr, 2019 6:34 pm

A long break between Helicopter Rescues
As per matagi below
From Tasmanian Police Facebook
A 29 year old Sydney woman had slipped and fallen three metres to the base of Ferguson’s Falls on the 20th April.
She was winched from the area with serious non life threatening injuries.
She was part of a guided walking group.

A 45 year old Devonport female was rescued when she fell approximately 8 metres landing in the pool at the base of Parsons Falls near Lake Mackenzie yesterday.
An off duty remote area nurse and other members of the public provided first aid.
Both Rescue Helicopters were used in the Rescue as a retrieval doctor was required. She was flown to Hobart with facial and other injuries


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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby matagi » Mon 22 Apr, 2019 9:26 pm

You missed the one on April 20th at Fergusson Falls.
This makes me the first man to climb Mount Everest backwards, without oxygen...or even a jumper.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Sat 04 May, 2019 4:47 pm

From Tasmanian Police Facebook
A 37 year old woman from USA was airlifted from the Arthur River area today and flown to Wynyard
(well equipped and uninjured)
She became stranded due to rising river levels while bushwalking alone and activated her PLB.
(Report said EPIRB)
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Sun 12 May, 2019 7:11 pm

From Vigilante news
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter today rescued a 15 year old boy from the lost world track on Mt Wellington.
The boy was injured after falling.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Fri 28 Jun, 2019 12:09 pm

From the Examiner
A Westpac rescue helicopter was used to winch a Launceston man to safety after he became disoriented on a walk in the South West National Park the night of June 27.

The 20-year-old was located uninjured but disoriented on the northwestern side of Mount Eliza on the Mount Anne Track.
He was flown to Hobart after alerting authorities by setting of his PLB.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby ILUVSWTAS » Sat 29 Jun, 2019 10:35 pm

Overlandman wrote:From the Examiner
A Westpac rescue helicopter was used to winch a Launceston man to safety after he became disoriented on a walk in the South West National Park the night of June 27.

The 20-year-old was located uninjured but disoriented on the northwestern side of Mount Eliza on the Mount Anne Track.
He was flown to Hobart after alerting authorities by setting of his PLB.



Interesting.... I wonder if he'll get in any kind of trouble for being in an area that's meant to be closed to walkers??
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby north-north-west » Sun 30 Jun, 2019 8:38 am

ILUVSWTAS wrote:
Overlandman wrote:From the Examiner
A Westpac rescue helicopter was used to winch a Launceston man to safety after he became disoriented on a walk in the South West National Park the night of June 27.

The 20-year-old was located uninjured but disoriented on the northwestern side of Mount Eliza on the Mount Anne Track.
He was flown to Hobart after alerting authorities by setting of his PLB.


Interesting.... I wonder if he'll get in any kind of trouble for being in an area that's meant to be closed to walkers??


He probably figured he'd get away with it at this time of year - and then it sounds like he got lost on the descent.
I find myself totally lacking in any sympathy for him.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby ILUVSWTAS » Sun 30 Jun, 2019 9:37 am

Yes I agree NNW. If ever there's been an argument for people paying for their rescues this would be it.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby TentPeg » Sun 30 Jun, 2019 1:53 pm

My reading of the Parks notice is that the Mt Anne track is closed until it is cleared for use or the track infrastructure is repaired. That would mean you can still access the area as long as you keep away from the fire damaged tracks.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby ILUVSWTAS » Sun 30 Jun, 2019 2:40 pm

There isn't really another way to Mt Eliza except using the fire affected tracks/area.

PWS website also clearly asks people to avoid all fire affected areas while they are closed so I don't think your argument is valid tentpeg.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby TentPeg » Sun 30 Jun, 2019 8:06 pm

I disagree.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby will_robertson_ » Wed 03 Jul, 2019 8:47 am

https://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/62 ... ain/?cs=87

A Canberra family has been rescued by helicopter after striking difficulties at Cradle Mountain.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Nuts » Wed 03 Jul, 2019 9:03 am

"The guides are all complaining there's mobile reception and hot showers," Godfrey laughs.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

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"The guides are all complaining there's mobile reception and hot showers," Godfrey laughs.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby wildwanderer » Sun 14 Jul, 2019 8:57 pm

Still missing. They have now released his name. Michael Bowman from Mount Waverley in Victoria.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-14/ ... a/11307992
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Mon 15 Jul, 2019 6:51 pm

From the Advocate

https://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/62 ... -tas/?cs=7

In addition to the search for Mr Bowman, Tasmania Police conducted another two search and rescue operations in Northern Tasmania overnight, one in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park and another in Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park.

The freezing weather has caught several hikers off guard, including a Brisbane man aged in his mid-40s who was rescued by helicopter on Monday afternoon after getting into trouble at Lake Petrarch near Lake St Clair.

Earlier in the day, two NSW hikers were plucked from the Walls of Jerusalem National Park to the south.

The pair put out an emergency call on Sunday after finding the conditions too difficult to continue walking.

In a separate search mission, bad conditions prevented crews from reaching a Western Australian father and daughter in Lake St Clair National Park.

The pair on Sunday afternoon told family they were having trouble in blizzard-like conditions.

Police say they are experienced hikers with suitable equipment and are making their way to Pelion Hut, from where authorities will decide if they need help.

About 30 walkers are in Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park, including a school group of about 10 from Hobart.

Search crews are hoping to use a helicopter to reach and check huts along trails on Tuesday.

Authorities have urged people not to go bushwalking unless they are fully prepared for freezing weather.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Tue 16 Jul, 2019 10:25 am

Update from ABC

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-16/ ... s/11311644

A West Australian teenager who wanted to see snow for the first time but then became stranded along with her father in the Tasmanian wilderness is one of several bushwalkers caught out by blizzard conditions.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Son of a Beach » Tue 16 Jul, 2019 10:36 am

I'm surprised so many people went out walking late last week in conditions that they are not able to deal with. I had a walk planned for the weekend but cancelled due to the weather forecast.

The weather forecast for Launceston was quite good, but the forecast for the central plateau and highlands was terrible, and clearly unsuitable for bushwalking (for the vast majority of people).
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby north-north-west » Tue 16 Jul, 2019 10:43 am

Son of a Beach wrote:I'm surprised so many people went out walking late last week in conditions that they are not able to deal with. I had a walk planned for the weekend but cancelled due to the weather forecast.

The weather forecast for Launceston was quite good, but the forecast for the central plateau and highlands was terrible, and clearly unsuitable for bushwalking (for the vast majority of people).


More and more people are doing the OT in winter, partly to escape the fees and rigidity of the booking system. Unfortunately, too many of them aren't appropriately equipped, and can't judge the conditions properly.
Apart from everything else, I'm concerned this might be used as a justification for further reduction - or even elimination - of the off-season period.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Petew » Tue 16 Jul, 2019 11:47 am

I'm going in a couple of weeks. Not to avoid the booking system but to experience it in winter.

Many, many ski touring trips under my belt so well prepared and looking forward to it.

Also, going with a mate who is well experienced in bad snow/winter conditions.

Still, if it craps out as badly as now we will go drink some wine instead....
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Tue 16 Jul, 2019 4:22 pm

Great News
Well done to The Search & Rescue Teams

Melbourne man Michael Bowman, who had been missing in Tasmania's rugged wilderness, has been found by search teams.

Tasmanian police said the 57-year-old is being flown to Hobart for medical assessment.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-16/ ... e/11309124
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Tue 16 Jul, 2019 4:26 pm

Overlandman wrote:Update from ABC

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-16/ ... s/11311644

A West Australian teenager who wanted to see snow for the first time but then became stranded along with her father in the Tasmanian wilderness is one of several bushwalkers caught out by blizzard conditions.


Update from ABC

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-16/ ... s/11311644

A West Australian teenager and her father have made it to safety after becoming stranded in thick snow in Tasmania's Cradle Mountain area.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Eremophila » Tue 16 Jul, 2019 5:17 pm

Michael Bowman has been found alive. That’s great news.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Xastorm » Tue 16 Jul, 2019 5:42 pm

Eremophila wrote:Michael Bowman has been found alive. That’s great news.


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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby north-north-west » Tue 16 Jul, 2019 5:45 pm

I want to know more about this one. He needs to have a good excuse for not triggering the PLB, in my opinion. He must have known there'd be a search.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby tastrax » Tue 16 Jul, 2019 5:48 pm

If he thought he was in no danger and had supplies I cant see why he would trigger his PLB. I would like to know more about the details he left with his "responsible person".
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Tue 16 Jul, 2019 6:06 pm

On the news tonight it said
He lost his pack & PLB
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