Search for Brumby Hunter near Davies Plain, November 2009

BSAR 2009 Davies Plain search

Call-outA brumby hunter, reported missing and last seen on Friday 20 Nov 2009 at 7pm near Davies Plain in the high plains near the Vic NSW border, has now been found.  BSAR searchers searched in the area after arriving on Sunday afternoon.

Field Organiser Rik Head advised that 12 BSAR searchers stayed out in the bush on Sunday night. Some of the search terrain in this very remote area was difficult due to vegetation regrowth after the 2003 alpine bushfires.

BSAR 2009 Davies Plain searchThe search command post was 8 kms from the search area. Travel between the two locations was provided by 4WDs fitted with chains due to wet slippery tracks.

A second callout on Sundary for BSAR searchers resulted in an addtional 23 searchers arriving on Monday morning at search base.

The missing person was found by searchers on horseback after he walked onto a track on Monday morning. He was in good condition. He survived by sleeping in a wombat hole one night with a dog for company to keep him warm, and making a bush shelter around a hollow log for another night.

BSAR 2009 Davies Plain searchPolice Liaison Officer, Merv Trease, advised all Bush Search and Rescue search crews returned home on Monday, with searchers from Melbourne arriving in town at 8-30pm.



BSAR 2009 Davies Plain search
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Battery Review

A number of batteries commonly found on supermarket shelves and hardware stores in Australia were recently put to the test in the Garmin Vista HCx GPS units commonly used by BSAR. Fresh batteries were purchased in packs of 4 and the standard price noted per battery. Batteries were placed in a GPS unit. The unit was turned on and operated such that it displayed the Main Menu screen. The GPS unit was placed on a shelf at room temperature.
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Search at Point Nepean, October 2009

Call-outA 42 year old female was been reported missing at Point Nepean National Park.   BSAR assistinged with the search.

A limited  numbers callout was conducted via SMS and email. BSAR searchers departed Northcote 06.00 Thurs 29 Oct 09.

Update: This search was successfully concluded the same day. The person was found in the nearby town. The photo below shows the BSAR team that attended on the day.

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Discounted Cactus Climbing Equipment and SPOT satellite messenger available

Andy Reynolds, an active BSAR member, is now stocking Cactus Climbing Equipment clothing and gear. He is also an authorised seller of SPOT satellite messenger. Andy is offering BSAR and BSAR members this gear at discounted prices. The range of cactus rucksacks and gear is particularly suitable to searching needs.

You can contact him as follows:

Mobile: 0488 477 271

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Search for missing photographer near Cambarville

Call-outOn Sunday 27th September 2009, a 60 year old amateur photographer from Warburton was reported missing after going for a walk near Cambarville, in the hills behind Warburton.

During the night, VicPol SAR requested the assistance of Bush Search and Rescue.  A team of 17 searchers departed Northcote  early Monday morning but was turned around when the missing man reported to search organisers at Cambarville.  According to media sources, he became lost while taking a shortcut through forest and found his own way out shortly after first light.



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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