Police are reiterating the importance of being properly prepared when bushwalking, after the successful retrieval of two people from the South Coast Track in Tasmania’s south west today.
Emergency services, including the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, responded after a Personal Locator Beacon was activated shortly after 10am.
The PLB was registered with up to date details, which helped police confirm details about the walking party and their intentions.
“The group of four Tasmanians had begun a multi-day walk in Melaleuca on Thursday, but unfortunately exhaustion set in and two of the group could not continue,” said Senior Constable Callum Herbert.
“As we get closer to summer it’s important for everyone to remember that conditions can change quickly, and Tasmania’s wilderness can be challenging.”
“Luckily this group was well-prepared, and did the right thing by requesting assistance.”
The two walkers were located about midday, near the Ironbound Range and were airlifted back to Dover.
• Ensure you’re prepared with appropriate equipment – take a map and torch, clothing and footwear to suit any conditions, regardless of the season take a waterproof jacket; adequate food and water, first aid kit.
• Research the intended trip – ensure the trip is within your abilities and fitness level, and you have a route plan, map and check the expected weather forecast.
• Let someone know before you go – ensure someone knows your route and expected return time.
• Always carry a fully charged mobile phone and a PLB and consider a portable charger to extend battery life.