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.
Mon 26 Sep 2016. 16:30 BSAR members were called out to assist with a search for a missing person in the Grampians. Police and family members held grave fears for the missing person’s wellbeing from the outset.
Tue 27 Sep. 21 BSAR members attended.
Wed 28 Sep. Search scaled down due to imminent storm event. BSAR members returned to Melbourne 9:00 p.m. The missing person was not found. Police and Parks Victoria will continue searching.
- Gerald VanDerWerf: Search continues for St Kilda man in Victoria’s Grampians – ABC News
- Concern for man missing in Grampians – The Standard
Saturday 20/08/16. BSAR was called out for a search for a missing person near Yea
Sunday 21/08/16. Sixteen BSAR members attended the search alongside SES and CFA crews and returned to Melbourne the same day. The missing person was not found.
Bush Search and Rescue members attended a farewell for Senior Sergeant Barry Gibson on 30 June 2016 for his retirement from Police Search and Rescue after 33 years of notable service with the squad.
Barry has been a great friend and supporter of Bush Search and Rescue. We have greatly appreciated Barry’s leadership on numerous searches over the years and the excellent support and encouragement he has provided to BSAR training events and more broadly to the organisation.