UPDATED: POLICE have updated the information available about the rescue of two bushwalkers at the back of Mt Dromedary last night. A spokesman for marine and rescue services said a phone call was received shortly after 7pm on Friday, from a man who said he was lost in the Mt Dromedary area, near New Norfolk.
The call ended abruptly and contact could not be re-established. A search and rescue operation was put in place, including uniformed police, searchers and the rescue helicopter. “Brief communications were established at one point which enabled the location to be identified through mobile phone technology,” the spokesman said.
This enabled the helicopter crew to find the 50-year-old man and 49-year-old woman just before 10pm. They were winched into the aircraft and returned to safety. There were no injuries but both walkers were feeling the effects of the colder night temperature.
“Police commend the pair for early recognition that they were lost, and alerting authorities. They also remained in their position … which assisted in their timely extraction,” the spokesman said. “Police recommend bushwalkers carry adequate forms of safety equipment, which could include alternate navigation and communication devices, as mobile telephones cannot always be relied upon in an emergency. A light source to attract the attention of the helicopter of a night is also very beneficial.”
EARLIER: TWO bushwalkers were rescued from Mt Dromedary last night (Friday) after they lost the walking track on the northern side of the mountain.
The pair, a man and woman both aged 51, contacted police by mobile phone at 7.30pm and were able to provide the GPS co-ordinates for their location. A police spokesman said was then decided to send the Westpac rescue helicopter to the location, due to its terrain and the lack of access by vehicle.
“The helicopter crew located the pair and was able to conduct two separate winches. The walkers were conveyed to the Pontville Oval about 11pm and transported back to their vehicle,” the spokesman said.