In the event of a search call-out, please do not attend:
- If you, your close family or a member of household have (or have recently had) any respiratory infection or symptoms
- If you or a household member are currently required to self-isolate
- You have a medical condition that is an additional risk factor with COVID-19
If you do attend a search call-out:
- Bring a personal supply of soap, alcohol hand sanitiser, wipes, disposable gloves, self-seal rubbish bags
- BSAR will provide alcohol hand sanitiser at the equipment store and on bus transport
- Social distancing will be implemented on the bus and during search operations as much as possible
For more information about protective measures see
Peter Campbell, BSAR Convener
11:00am Sun 24 Nov. BSAR called out for search for missing person near Princetown.
4:00am Mon 25 Nov. Ten BSAR members departed Melbourne to join the search at Princetown.
6:00pm Mon 25 Nov. Terrain searched by BSAR teams included thick coastal scrub, marshes and vegetation along creeks. Our thanks to the Kangaroobie camp who kindly provided BSAR searchers with accommodation for the night.
Tue 26 Nov. BSAR teams searched more thick coastal scrub above coastal cliffs. Returned to Melbourne in the afternoon after the missing person was located deceased.
8:00pm Fri 1 Nov. BSAR called out for search for missing person Victorian Alps. 10 members attended.
9:00am Sat 2 Nov. Four BSAR teams were sent on search tasks in the Howqua, Howitt, Stirling areas camping out overnight.
9:00am Sun 3 Nov. 5 BSAR members joined the search. 14 members were in the field.
9:00am Mon 4 Nov. 9 BSAR members were in the field, 3 groups on 3 day search tasks camping out for 2 nights
4:30pm Tue 5/11. 10 BSAR members were in the field. One team was transported by the Police Airwing helicopter back to search base at Merrijig after completing a multi day search task in the Wonnangatta region.
6:00pm Wed 6/11. 4 BSAR members searched off track during the day then returned to Melbourne.
Wed 6/11. There will be 4 BSAR members continuing with search tasks on Wednesday
BSAR contributed a total of 46 searcher days.
If anyone has sighted Niels Becker please contact Mansfield Police (03) 5775 2555
The Mansfield Emergency Service Expo on Sunday 13 October 2019 provided an opportunity to meet local Police, Firefighters, Paramedics, SES and BSAR members.
Where: Botanic Park, Mansfield
Continue reading “Mansfield Emergency Service Expo – October 2019”
7:00 Wed 18/9. BSAR call-out in progress for search for missing woman near Taradale.
9:00 Wed 18/9. Missing person has been found, BSAR members standing down.
BSAR is providing three skillshares at the Backcountry Ski Festival at Mount Hotham this year on September 7 and 8.
The festival is a grassroots, volunteer run event which aims to provide a safe place for new skiers and riders to explore beyond the ski runs while also providing a gathering for the backcountry tribe.
Continue reading “2019 Victorian Backcountry Ski Festival at Mount Hotham”
Thu 1 Aug 2019. Twelve BSAR members joined the search for a missing person along the road up to Mount Buller.
Fri 2 Aug 2019. Searching continues. Another call-out for BSAR was issued, departing early Saturday morning.
Sat 3 – Mon 5 Aug 2019. Searching continued but the missing person was not located. Remaining BSAR teams returned on Monday afternoon.
The terrain being searched was very difficult to traverse, with steep slopes and thick vegetation, including patches of blackberrries.
Continue reading “Search for missing person close to Mount Buller”
Sat 20 Jul 2019. Five BSAR members participated in a search for a missing person near Dargo.
Sun 21 Jul 2019. Fifteen more BSAR members joined the search.
Mon 22 Jul 2019. Eight more BSAR members joined the search.
Tue 23 Jul 2019. BSAR members returned after their search tasks were completed. The missing person was not located.
Thu 35 Jul 2019. BSAR teams returned to the search after a sighting of the missing person’s dog was reported. The missing person was found deceased.
Sun 14 Jul 2019. Twenty five BSAR members participated in the search for a missing person in the bush around Marysville township in wet cold conditions with some heavy scrub.
Mon 15 Jul 2019. Twenty three BSAR members continued with the search. The missing person was located deceased in Marysville at about 11 am.
Continue reading “Search for missing person in bush close to Marysville”
BSAR’s annual training this year was to be held at Mt Stirling on 10-11 August but has been postponed due to extreme weather forecast.
This training will be rescheduled in Spring.
The training will include:
- search and rescue exercises on snow shoes or skis
- snow camping
- snow safety
- ski skills (for those on skis)
Continue reading “2019 Annual Training Mt Stirling – POSTPONED”