20:50 Sun 19 Aug 2012. Bush Search and Rescue was called out for a search for a missing person in the Blue Range near Rubicon.
The missing man was separated from his companion while in the bush at about 11am on Sunday 19 August.
11 BSAR searchers travelled by bus to the search location on Monday morning. Shortly before arriving at search base the missing man was located safe and well in a gully having spent the night out.
Bush Search and Rescue Search group at Yea on the way home.
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.
Roping up may be required during steep snow and ice rescues, or if you go alpine climbing or ski mountaineering. This video from the The Mountaineering Council of Scotland demonstrates how to rope up.
This video demonstrates how to tie off coils with a Figure 8 knot.
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.
Our annual training weekend this year will provide BSAR members and experienced bushwalkers with training in the skills required for bush searching. Participation in a Victorian Rogaining Association (VRA) rogaine on Saturday is ideal for BSAR members as it is a close match to what is expected of us during a search; accurate off track bush navigation in small groups.
This 12-hour event will provide ample opportunity to practise navigation in friendly team environment. If you are unable to register as a team, don't be put off - we'll find a compatible partner for you or team for you to join. Sunday will focus on search specific aspects, including a mock search and evacuation.
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.
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.
The Bush Search and Rescue Victoria Committee administers and operates Bush Search and Rescue. For more details on the committee see Manual: Administration.
Some current members of the committee are listed in the table below.
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:
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.