Search at Mount Feathertop on Monday 31 August 2009

BSAR members en route to Mount Feathertop search

Minister found. A search for Victorian Water Minister, Tim Holding MLA in the vicinity of Mount Feathertop concluded successfully when a news helicopter located Minister Holding on Tuesday morning (1/9).

The Police helicopter winched him out and flew him to search base at Bright where he arrived at 10:55am.

Bush Search and Rescue Victoria assisted Police Search and Rescue with the search.  Ten BSAR members departed Melbourne 9am Monday morning and traveled to Bright to join the search. The searchers from Melbourne joined fifteen local BSAR members already at the search location, bringing total BSAR members active in this search to 25.

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Search for two missing men at Lorne successful, December 2008

Two walkers were reported missing in the forest near Lorne on Tuesday 30 December 2008.  Fifteen Bush Search and Rescue members joined Police Search and Rescue, the SES and Parks Victoria on the search on Wednesday 31/12/2008.

The Bush Search and Rescue team (2 searchers not shown)
The Bush Search and Rescue team (2 searchers not shown)

Our four teams deployed on their search tasks late on Wednesday afternoon, camping out for the night. We targeted a search area near where the walkers were last seen off the Mount Sabine Road.

After an early start on Thursday morning, one of our search teams located a campsite the two men had vacated on Monday night and called the Police helicopter to the grid reference. The helicopter searched in the direction to the west indicated by the missing walker’s trail on the ground, and found them waving in a small clearing near their second campsite.  The helicopter dropped an orange smoke flare at their location, which our teams used to locate the missing men, who were both in remarkably good condition.  The closest team, BSAR1 who had found the first campsite, travelled about 300 metres to reach them.

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Mount Dom Dom search, March 2008

Bush Search and Rescue participated in the extensive bush search at Dom Dom Saddle in March 2008. During the last week of March BSAR joined Police, VicSES, Country Fire Authority, SAR Dogs Australia, Parks Victoria and Melbourne Water in the large-scale search for 57yo Warren Meyer who went missing from a four-hour bushwalk on the morning of Sunday 23 Mar 2008 in the Dom Dom saddle area, NE of Melbourne.

Mr Meyer was an experienced bushwalker and was equipped with a GPS, mobile phone, water and some snack bars.

A total of forty-four members from various clubs, responded to three callouts over the four days of our commitment. Members line-searched the often dense, damp understorey of the tall forests looking for any signs of the missing person.

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Sabine Falls Search, April 2007

Sixteen BSAR members responded to the search for a Scottish tourist, William Bliss, 19, who become lost in the Sabine Falls area north of Apollo Bay in the Otway Ranges. He became lost on the afternoon of Tuesday April 3, 2007.

A search of more than 40 Police, SES, Parks and other volunteers was organised on the Wednesday. As he was not found during that day BSAR was placed on standby and a called out initiated later in the evening ready for a 0430 transport to the search area on the Thursday morning.

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Missing woman at Mount William found, January 2005

2005 BSAR Mt William Search - Group photo.jpg

A female bushwalker with overnight gear was reported missing Sunday 16 January 2005 near Mt William in the Grampians. She had separated from her companion to do a “short walk” on the Major Mitchell Plateau and failed to meet up at the agreed rendezvous point.  

She was last seen at a bush camp on the headwaters of First Wannon Creek. This is on the Major Mitchell Plateau where the waking track crosses the creek. The walking track goes south from Mt William, crosses the Major Mitchell Plateau on he high ground then curves southwest to the Halls Gap Dunkeld road.

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Mount Buffalo search for Marino Folino, May 2004

2004 BSAR Mt Buffalo search

On 15th May 2004, call out was conducted to search for a missing walker at Mount Buffalo Gorge near the Chalet.

Mr Marino Folino had parked his car at The Gorge car park on Thursday 13th May and appeared to have gone walking. Police Search and Rescue, SES and some climbers conducted initial searching on the two days prior to BSAR being called.


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Lake Mountain Search, August 2002

Call-outDate: Sunday 4 August to Wednesday 7 August 2002

On Sunday 4 August two visitors at Lake Mountain went for a short walk east from the Toboggan Run 2, near Gerratys Car Park at Lake Mountain.  They were separated and when one did not return he was reported missing at 4.30pm.

Bushwalkers Search and Rescue was called at midnight.  Seventeen members responded to the first callout, and arrived at Lake Mountain at 10am Monday 5 August.

A second callout of BSAR that evening provided a further 20 searchers for Tuesday.

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