EPIRB to the rescue
SCHOOL bush walks and weekend hikes up Mt Walsh National Park with guides are now safer than ever.
Thanks to the generosity of the Biggenden RSL Sub-Branch, bush walking guide Moira Thompson now has a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB).
Mrs Thompson said the device would be invaluable for school bush walks, as Mt Walsh National Park is classed as a remote wilderness.
“In the case of an emergency the beacon can be activated and helicopter rescue initiated,” Mrs Thompson said.
“It is also mandatory under Education Queensland guidelines to have a PLB if mobile phone reception is not available.
“On the summits of any mountain in the Mt Walsh National Park, mo- bile phone coverage is available, but in the gullies and rockpool gorges this becomes an issue.
“Two-way radios work well in these situations. However in an emergency where the victim cannot be carried out the PLB is vital.”
LIFESAVING DEVICE: Members of the Biggenden RSL Sub-Branch Alex McNaughton, Phil Grambower and Kevin Murree presented Moira Thompson with an epirb for use during her walks in the Mt Walsh National Park.