Or­deal prompts warn­ing

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Front Page - Tari Jef­fers

THE State Emer­gency Ser­vice has urged peo­ple to know what to do if they ever be­come lost fol­low­ing the res­cue of a Perth woman after her 24-hour or­deal lost in for­est south of Nan­nup at the week­end.

Heather Rae Ellis, 65, was found just be­fore mid­day on Mon­day after she be­came lost about 11.30am on Sun­day while walk­ing her three dogs on Mi­lyean­nup Coast Road near Scott River, while her hus­band took pho­tos of wild­flow­ers.

Man­jimup SES man­ager Michael Mackay-Blair said Mrs Ellis aided in the search – es­pe­cially since she did not have a phone with her – by reg­u­larly call­ing out.

“The best thing to do is not to try and get ‘un-lost’,” Mr Mack­ayBlair said.

“The best thing you can do is to stay where you are, call out and lis­ten for noises.”

Mr Mackay-Blair was part of the search for Mrs Ellis and said their efforts were helped be­cause they could hear her call­ing out.

Mrs Ellis got her­self to safety when she walked out of the bush with her dogs.

“We had heard her a cou­ple of times and were head­ing in the right di­rec­tion, if she’d ar­rived two min­utes ear­lier or later, she would have found the SES,” Mr Mackay-Blair said.

“She had heard all the noise from the search be­cause she was lis­ten­ing for it.”

If peo­ple get lost and they have a smart phone, Mr Mackay-Blair said they should take a photo and send it to a loved one.

“We have the tech­nol­ogy to strip the in­for­ma­tion in the photo and get the lo­ca­tion,” he said.

“If you can, also call 000 be­cause they can bea­con your phone.

“In Mrs Ellis’ case, she didn’t have a phone and lots of lit­tle things led to her sit­u­a­tion but it was the best out­come we could hope for.”

Mr Mackay-Blair also urged peo­ple to al­ways take a wa­ter bot­tle when go­ing for a walk, do not be afraid to drink the wa­ter if you need it and to call coo-ee in a higher pitch.

Mrs Ellis re­port­edly spent the night hud­dled with her three dogs in a hol­lowed out tree.

She was taken to Nan­nup Hospi­tal but dis­charged on Mon­day and re­turned home to Perth.

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