BSAR also thanks Police Transport Branch and the SES for providing transport and Dederang CFA for their use of their facility.
Thu 24 Aug 2017. 10:20 Eight BSAR members joined the search for a missing person at Willung South, south of Traralgon after he was reported missing yesterday.
The 79-year-old was located deceased during the afternoon by searchers. The BSAR team returned late in afternoon.
- Some basic instruction
- Skiing to and around the summit
- Steep slope skiing (optional)
- Return ski run to Telephone Box Junction
An avalanche occurred in Mt Hotham’s backcountry on 8 August. There were no injuries to mountain staff or guests.
This follows warnings from the Mt Hotham Ski Patrol team regarding the high risk of avalanches in the backcountry due to the large amount of snowfall, cold temperatures and strong winds that has occurred over the last few days.
Mt Hotham Ski Patrol perform avalanche control work daily and noted in their snow report today the danger of sizeable wind slab avalanches at higher elevations.
A tribute to Jim Grelis, 14.9.1951 – 7.6.2017
Jim was BSAR stalwart. He joined in the late 70s and became a Field Organiser in the mid 80s, a position he held until his death.
Jim attended over 25 searches and was Field Organiser on over 15.
Jim was deployed with full alpine climbing kit on Mount Feathertop in 1983 when Stephen Galland fell near the summit and died. I was on that trip and greatly appreciated the efforts of Police and BSAR rescue teams.
Jim was also Field Organiser on the very demanding search for Tom Kneen on Mt Feathertop in 1985. He started at Mt St Gwinear for a search that was resolved, then went to Mt Stirling for a search already in progress and was then redirected to Mt Feathertop.
Jim assisted with the development of BSAR Steep Snow and Ice skills and training after these events.
Most recently he was Field Organiser on the South Viking search in 2014.
Fri 19 May 2017. 21:00 BSAR members were called out to assist with a search for a missing deer hunter near Tamboritha Saddle in Gippsland.
Sat 20 May 2017. Eleven BSAR members participated in the search. Some of the terrain was steep and very difficult to search. The deer hunter was found by a Maffra SES search team around midday and was able to walk out with a search party. The BSAR crew returned on Saturday night.
Our thanks to the 11 BSAR searchers who attended and the 6 who responded to the second callout that was cancelled.
Our thanks also to the Police Transport Branch for their usual excellent service and their coach, Parks Victoria for making facilities available, the Police Field Kitchen for their much appreciated meals and of course Police Search and Rescue for their search coordination and 4WD transport.
BSAR’s 2017 training weekend was held on 25/26 March at Korweinguboora.
Rod Costigan led with 43 visitors, prospective and existing members attending, including instructors and organisers.
Duncan Brookes, Eric Krista, Lachlan Shield, Rodney Polkinghorne, Wayne Merry, Roger Palmer and Kirilee Chaplin assisted with planning and running the event. Support from Victoria Police Search and Rescue was also much appreciated with 6 Police SAR members attending.
The training on Saturday included workshops on radios, line searching, feature searching, stretcher carrying and night searching followed by a GPS Rogaine.
A simulated search was conducted on Sunday.