Missing deer hunter near Corryong located

A deer hunter was reported missing near Corryong in North East Victoria after failing to return to camp on Friday 3 August 2012. Police and SES searched until 2am on Saturday then resumed searching at dawn. 

The missing person found his way out of the bush at 11:25am on Saturday 4 August.

Bush  Search and Rescue was not activated for this search.

Emergency Services Foundation - 2013 scholarships

There is an opportunity for BSAR members to apply for an Emergency Services Foundation (ESF) scholarship.

The Emergency Services Foundation was established following the Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983. It operates as a trust to provide immediate support for those who suffer hardship as a result of the death of a family member or injuries sustained in the line of duty.

Tribute to Bill Bewsher

A gathering was held in Melbourne on Thursday 19 July at the Retreat Hotel in Abbotsford to celebrate the achievements and life of Bill Bewsher.

Many tales and memories were shared of Bill's remarkable contributions to education, the Bushcraft and Mountain Leadership (BMLC) course, Bush Search and Rescue, the Federation of Victorian Walking Clubs (now Bushwalking Victoria), Melbourne University Mountaineering Club, his quest for the first ascent of Federation Peak in South West Tasmania, and his leadership and exploration at the Australian Antartic Base.

Bill's achievements have been recognised in part by the naming of an Antartic mountain, a Tasmanian pass and Tasmanian lake after him.

Vale Bill Bewsher

Bill Bewsher passed away last weekend in Tasmania.  BSAR extends its condolences to Bill’s family and friends.

Bill was a leading figure within BSAR’s history and had a tremendous influence on the course of search and rescue for two decades.  He was appointed inaugural Convenor and held this position from 1949 to 1956 and again for a year in 1958-1959.  Bill also became the first Field Organiser in 1950 and, excepting a fifteen-month tour of duty in Antarctica, held that position until 1970.  After retiring from that position, Bill contributed as a Police Liaison Officer until the mid-1980s thereby concluding a 35-year involvement in land-based search and rescue.

One of the biggest searches coordinated by Bill was that for Mihram Haig at Mt Baw Baw in June 1955.  The terrain was steep and dense and communications were difficult.  An amazing 205 BSAR members attended during the search, the largest number on any search to date.

Behind the Log May 2012 edition out now

The May 2012 edition of Behind The Log, Bush Search and Rescue's regular newsletter, is now published and can be downloaded from [here] (pdf).  Articles include:

  • Call-outs and alerts in the last six months
  • BSAR Training Weekend, November 2011
  • Steep Snow and Ice Training, 22 and 28-29 July
  • BSAR Annual Report to Bushwalking Victoria
  • Tomahawk Gap Cold Case Search, October 2011
  • Welcome to New Individual BSAR Members

Vale Snow Girl

The Donna Buang search of 1953 was one of the pivotal searches in the history of Bush Search and Rescue Victoria. Bill Bewsher performed the role of Field Organiser at a time when the Victoria Police did not yet have a search and rescue squad.  BSAR personnel conducted the structured searching and recovered the two missing people, stretchering them both to the road. (Source The Scroggin Eaters).

One of the survivors, Jennifer Laycock, lost her legs to frostbite and the media labelled her the "Snow Girl" as they followed her recovery.

Steep snow and ice training 2012

Two events were held for Steep Snow and Ice training sessions this year; a dryland training day covering theory and some exercises at Williamstown on 22 July, followed by the steep snow and ice traiing in an alpine environment at Mount Buller on 28-29 July.

Search for missing hiker near Mt Donna Buang


Sunday 15 April 2012  The search for the 30 year old missing hiker in the Mt Donna Buang - Badger Creek area has concluded successfully with the man being found at about 10.30 this morning. He was found on a track by a Police vehicle that was taking two Bush Search and Rescue search groups to the start points of their allocated search areas. The person is in good health.  17 Bush Search and Rescue members attended the search.

Bush Search and Rescue members being briefed

Neville Byrne

Neville Byrne is a rural Police Liaison Officer with Bush Search and Rescue who who lives in Tawonga, at the base of Mt Bogong.  Neville has been active with Bush Search and Rescue for 40 years as a searcher and Field Organiser.

Neville says searching is not about heroics.  "It's just a hard slog, often in the rain and cold. You're just doing a job not everyone can do." 
 
Neville Byrne.  Photo credit: Weekly Times.
 

Alert for Woods Point CANCELLED

 

Friday 24 Feb 2012, 18:24.  The search alert for Bush Seach and Rescue for Woods Point is now CANCELLED

 

 

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