BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training was held on 27 – 29 July 2018 at the Razorback
11:00 Sun 1 Jul 2018. BSAR search call-out issued for missing person near Noojee.
13:15 Sun 1 Jul 2018. Call-out cancelled, missing person found.
BSAR’s annual training weekend was held on 23-24 June 2018 at Chewton, with 28 members, 23 prospective members and 6 Police Search and Rescue attending in delightful June weather.
On Saturday our new and prospective members completed an induction session while experienced members participated in group leader scenarios covering hypothermia treatment, stretcher carry and helicopter evacuation.
The afternoon moved to the focus of this training; navigation. Skills were developed and practiced with the GPS and in bush navigation using map and compass. The evening included a night navigation session to put those skills to the test.
A remarkable story of a major avalanche, burial, rescue and survival in Norway. Great work by Norwegian
avalanche rescue teams. [Five feet under]
Photo: First rescue workers have arrived at the avalanche site. They search alongside the skiing party.
14:00 Tue 08/05/18. BSAR search call-out in progress for missing person near Mansfield.
04:00 Wed 08/05/18. BSAR team of 12 departed Melbourne to join the search at Howqua.
08:30 Wed 09/05/18. Missing person located safe and well. BSAR team returning to Melbourne,
Saturday 29/04/18. 07:00. BSAR team of 9 departed to join search for missing person in the Werribee Gorge area.
After searching during the day, the BSAR team returned to Melbourne late in the afternoon.
The missing person was not found during the search.
They were later found deceased on 5 May 2018.
- Police search Werribee Gorge for missing man after car clue, The Age
- Police believe body found in Werribee Gorge is missing man Yiwei Chu, The Age
28 April 2018 16:00. BSAR team departed to join search at Wonyip.
29 April 2018. BSAR team participated with search. Missing person was located when they walked out to a farm house.
43 BSAR members attended; 10 on their first BSAR event and 8 members travelling from regional Victoria.
4 members of the Search and Rescue Squad participated.
The training included:
- Tour and talk at the Police Search and Rescue facility
- GPS and Police radio field exercise around the Williamstown waterfront
- Search group leader workshop.
The Williamstown waterfront provided a good venue for a GPS and Police radio skills field exercise. The radio element was structured around search groups reporting specific information to the command post at each control.
Search group leader workshops, built around group discussions of scenarios based on actual BSAR search events were very well received.
Since BSAR’s inception in 1949 we have maintained a network of Club Contacts whose role is to participate in calling out club members active with BSAR to search for missing persons.
Often working late at night, our Club Contact’s dedication and contribution to BSAR’s success as an emergency service cannot be overstated. Club Contacts were last used during the protracted search at Mt Dom Dom in 2009.
However, over recent years technology has evolved to provide more efficient electronic methods to call out members, which means the role of Club Contact is now no longer required.
I would like to extend our thanks and appreciation for your commitment and service to BSAR as a Club Contact.
BSAR will continue to use our automated call-out system. If necessary, our Police Liaison Officers can also use a “fifty most active members” list to conduct a manual call-out.
Many Club Contacts have ongoing roles within BSAR including Searchers, Delegates and Peer Supporters. We look forward to their continued contribution in those roles.
For those who have only been operating as a Club Contact, we hope you will also remain connected with BSAR.
Once again, I would like to thank all Club Contacts for their significant contribution to BSAR.