Search for missing person near Dargo

Sat 20 Jul 2019.  Five BSAR members participated in a search for a missing person near Dargo.

Sun 21 Jul 2019.  Fifteen more BSAR members joined the search.

Mon 22 Jul 2019. Eight more BSAR members joined the search.

Tue 23 Jul 2019.  BSAR members returned after their search tasks were completed.  The missing person was not located.

Thu 35 Jul 2019.  BSAR teams returned to the search after a sighting of the missing person’s dog was reported. The missing person was found deceased.

 

Cold case search at Mount Dom Dom

Call-outOn 11 May 2019, 41 BSAR members attended a “cold case  search for a person who went missing on a bushwalk from Dom Dom saddle in 2008.

BSAR was tasked with line searching in areas that had not been previously searched.

These areas were incredibly dense and scrubby with regrowth from the Black Saturday bushfires.   Nothing was found.

 

 

BSAR is 70 years old

BSAR is 70 years old on 6th May 2019.

BSAR search group near Marysville, 1952
BSAR search group in 1952 near Marysville, soon after BSAR was formed

We don’t know the names or the clubs of the 11 volunteer bushwalkers who left the Russell Street Police Headquarters in 2 trucks early on Friday 6 May 1949 for Port Welshpool. There they boarded a fishing ketch and were landed on the east coast of Wilsons Promontory to join the large search for a missing bushwalker.

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Search for missing walkers on Mount Buffalo

Mount Buffalo search

Sun 10 March:  Twelve BSAR volunteers were called out to a search for two missing walkers on Mount Buffalo.  Search tasks included walking tracks and prominent features.

Mon 11 March: An additional 22 BSAR volunteers joined the search.  The missing people were not located at the conclusion of the day.

Tue 12 March:  19 BSAR volunteers responded to a 3rd call-out and joined the search.  The missing people were located alive and well at around 11:30 am.  All BSAR members returned to Melbourne.

Our search tasks included easy walking tracks, large rock formations, alpine meadows, some peaks, scrubby gullies and rivers.

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Vale Bill Brand

Bill Brand, former Officer in Charge of the Search and Rescue Squad, passed away on the morning of Monday the 17th of September 2018.  Bill Brand was one of the founding members of the Search and Rescue Squad and served at all ranks up to Inspector until his retirement in the mid-1980’s.

Bill Brand in uniform

Bill Brand was a great friend and supporter of BSAR.

The funeral service was held at Heritage Funerals, 733 Boronia Rd Wantirna, at 10 am on Tuesday the 2nd October 2018.

Eulogy 

2 October 2018, by Duncan Brookes

Thank you to the Brand family for the opportunity to pay tribute to Bill on behalf of the bushwalkers; “The Bushies”.

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