Mt Roland rescue a timely reminder

August 1, 2023 9:51 am in by

Police are again reminding bushwalkers to be prepared for all possibilities following the rescue of five tourists who became disoriented during the descent from the summit of Mount Roland on Sunday night.

Emergency services responded to a request for assistance around 7.15 pm after the group after they veered off-course, losing the track on the way down.

Police say the group was not well-equipped, but a search and rescue team on foot located the party after a short time and guided them back to safety.

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Although no-one was injured some members of the group were fatigued and dehydrated.

Police say it’s a timely reminder to adequately prepare for any bushwalk by being aware of the weather forecast and being prepared for all conditions, including sub-zero temperatures.

They say essential equipment should include including a map, torch, suitable clothing and footwear for all conditions, a waterproof jacket, adequate food, water, and a first aid kit, and relying solely on mobile phones for communication and navigation is strongly discouraged.


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