VICSES Stawell volunteers rescue bush walkers as sun sets

VICSES Stawell volunteers rescue bush walkers as sun sets

05/01/2022, 1:37 PM

Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) Stawell Unit volunteers assisted Victoria Police last night, in a search operation for two bush walkers, who became lost on the Wonderland track, in the Grampians National Park.

Seven volunteers from the VICSES Stawell Unit arrived at the park at 7.40pm to assist the stranded bush walkers, who were descending the track from the Pinnacle and had lost their way halfway down at Bridal Veil Falls.

Setting off from Halls Gap police station at 7.40pm, the volunteers made verbal contact at 8.30pm. Two volunteers then set off to locate the bush walkers, who were about 50 metres off-track, down a gully in a patch of dense bush. The volunteers guided the bush walkers out of the park, and completed the job at around 10.00pm.

This successful search and rescue is one of a number of operations carried out in the area by VICSES volunteers in recent weeks.  As more visitors come to enjoy the the Mid West Region, and the Grampians National Park in particular, VICSES is asking bush walkers to plan for a safe journey and prepare before you go.

VICSES and other emergency services are here to provide assistance but, for your safety and wellbeing, take the following steps before bush walking:

  • Tell someone your plans, including where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Pack an emergency kit (watch video above to see what to include).
  • If you get stuck without access to help, have adequate supplies with you for 3-5 days (e.g. food, water, matches, torch, first aid kit, clothing, footwear).
  • Bring a portable charger / power bank can recharge your mobile phone or tablet and help keep you connected in an emergency.
  • Check the weather any sever weather warnings or elevated Fire Danger Ratings before you go.
  • Check out the local flood guide for the area you are heading to, to see if there is any riverine/waterway flooding risks.
  • Ensure you have ambulance cover in case you have an accident.
  • Know how to describe where you are if you need to call for help.
  • If you do lose your way and have called for help, stay where you are.