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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Wed 04 Nov, 2020 4:32 pm

One from today
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From Vigilante News Facebook page

Westpac Rescue Helicopter – Medical Evacuation from Overland Track

Approximately 7.00am, the Tasmania Police dispatched the Westpac Rescue Helicopter for the medical evacuation of an injured bushwalker, near the Pine Valley Hut region of the Overland Track.

Tasmania Police were alerted to injured bushwalker, who was in a larger party of walkers after they activated a personal locator beacon (EPIRB).

Tasmania Police have praised the group, who were all experienced walkers, were very well prepared and had an EPIRB with them. The walker was injured when climbing a rocky and steep area and a boulder dislodged from a walker above injuring the man, who was later treated at the Royal Hobart Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

A police spokesperson said, “this a great example were things can often go wrong in remote locations. We commend the party of walkers who were all very experienced, had the appropriate equipment including an EPIRB with them, ensuring that the injured walker was well cared for and could be evacuated to receive the medical treatment they needed, effectively and efficiently.”

The spokesperson said “we wish all walking parties were as well prepared, something as simple as being prepared with an EPIRB can save your life.”
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby headwerkn » Thu 05 Nov, 2020 8:44 am

Overlandman wrote:The walker was injured when climbing a rocky and steep area and a boulder dislodged from a walker above injuring the man, who was later treated at the Royal Hobart Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.


Gawd, sounds like a bit of luck it wasn't far worse. Have heard some horror stories in talus/boulder fields, and witnessed a couple of near-misses myself. As much as I like bouncing amongst the big rocks, you've so got to have your wits about you. Glad to hear everyone was properly prepared.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Nuts » Thu 05 Nov, 2020 9:21 am

" activated a personal locator beacon (EPIRB)"


" all experienced walkers" - " a boulder dislodged from a walker above injuring the man"
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Mon 14 Dec, 2020 10:00 am

From Tas police Facebook

Police including the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Tasmania have rescued a 58 year old Hobart bushwalker after he activated a personal locator beacon in the state’s far south-west this afternoon.

The patient had injured his leg in a fall and was forced to activate his PLB. Tasmania Police was notified of the activation about 4pm.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the scene, with the bushwalker being airlifted to the Royal Hobart Hospital for treatment.

Great work team!
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Sat 02 Jan, 2021 4:36 pm

One from yesterday Tasmania Police Facebook

Search and Rescue members in the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Tasmania yesterday rescued an injured walker from Barn Bluff in the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park.

The walker was well prepared for his intended walk, but unfortunately injured himself near the summit. He was flown out with his walking partner to receive medical treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Thu 07 Jan, 2021 6:54 pm

From Tas Police Facebook

Shortly after 4:00pm today, an adventurer who was hiking with her young son became lost in the greater Freycinet area on the state's East Coast.
She contacted police and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Tasmania was dispatched to the area.
The two hikers were located by the helicopter on Mount Graham just after 5:30pm and safely airlifted from the area.
Great job team!
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby north-north-west » Mon 11 Jan, 2021 7:20 pm

Nothing from the Franklin River recently? The chopper was down there on Saturday morning. Maybe just a training run ...
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Mon 11 Jan, 2021 8:01 pm

From Tas Police

As a result of a distress beacon activation reported via the Australian Maritime Safety Authority last night, Tasmania Police was notified this morning of an injured 25 year old Victorian bushwalker requesting medical assistance at Pelion Hut in the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Tasmania was dispatched to the area and arrived around 10am. The man was unable to walk due to his injuries and evacuated from the area by police. He was flown to the Royal Hobart Hospital for treatment for an injured knee. The man was part of a guided walking group.

Inspector Darren Hopkins said, “This was a good example of a bushwalker group being properly prepared and equipped with safety equipment which included a distress beacon and satellite phone. Personal locator beacons can be purchased for as little as $300 and they do save lives.”
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Tue 12 Jan, 2021 1:58 am

north-north-west wrote:Nothing from the Franklin River recently? The chopper was down there on Saturday morning. Maybe just a training run ...


Just this rescue from 31st December

**UPDATE - Five people have been rescued from the Franklin River in the state’s south west after their raft overturned.

Police were notified of the incident shortly before noon today, and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the area.

On arrival at the scene, it was established that a group of recreational rafters had been involved in a rafting incident on the Franklin River two days earlier.

The group had only been able to notify authorities today.

Five people received non-life threatening injuries in the incident.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter is being utilised to transport the patients due to the remote location of the area. **

EARLIER - The Westpac Rescue Helicopter is currently being dispatched to the Franklin River after a report that a raft has overturned in the area.

There are no confirmed injuries at this stage.

The raft is reported to have overturned in the Nasty Notch area of the Franklin river.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby north-north-west » Tue 12 Jan, 2021 7:25 am

Yes, I went looking and found that. And it's weird, because when I first noticed the helicopter it was parked just above Nasty Notch, then took off and started downstream, dropping fairly low over the river. And there was a group prepping for a rafting trip when I drove past the Collingwood bridge late Wednesday afternoon.

Obviously I entered a timewarp on Saturday morning, as it seems unlikely they'd send the crew back out there just because someone on that New Year's trip[ had lost their brand new iPhone ...
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Sat 16 Jan, 2021 9:01 pm

From Vigilante News

The Tasmania Police Westpac rescue helicopter has been activated to the Franklin River for a medivac we are told.

Police say: The Westpac Rescue Helicopter is responding to a Personal Locator Beacon activation in the Great Ravine area of the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Tasmania Police were advised of the PLB activation by AMSA.

Update from Tasmania Police

Search and Rescue members in the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Tasmania responded to a Personal Locator Beacon activation in the Great Ravine area of the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park this afternoon.

A 61-year-old woman from Tasmania's North-West was flown to the Royal Hobart Hospital with non-life-threatening. She had been part of a group kayaking on the Franklin River.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Tue 16 Feb, 2021 8:45 pm

One from Tasmania Police Facebook

A 20 year old South Australian man has been rescued from Trestle Mountain in the state’s south after becoming stranded near the summit. Emergency services were contacted at 3:45pm after the man became overwhelmed after climbing a technical section of the mountain near the peak. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was utilised to transport the man due to the remote location of the area. Tasmania Police would like to remind bushwalkers and mountain climbers that they need to be adequately prepared for any planned trip or excursion. Walkers should ensure that they take the time to plan their outing properly and carry adequate clothing and food. They also need to understand the local weather and terrain conditions. Anyone who completes a bushwalk or rock climb should let others know where they are going and when they plan to return. They should also carry a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) and ensure their phone battery is adequately charged.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby danman » Thu 18 Feb, 2021 5:53 pm

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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Fri 05 Mar, 2021 4:51 pm

From Vigilante News

Further to our earlier report Tasmania Police confirmed the incident with TVN saying “Around 11.50am police received a report of a personal locator beacon activated in the Prion Beach area of the South West National Park. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to assist a bushwalker with an ankle injury.”

There was also a rescue during the week where a woman set off her PLB at Lee’s Paddocks, rescue crews walked in, and the rescue helicopter picked her up due to bad weather the next morning, suffering hypothermia.
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