Two peo­ple stranded in bush­land res­cued

Pilbara News - - News - Alicia Per­era

Two peo­ple stranded in bush­land in an iso­lated part of the Pil­bara were res­cued in a po­lice land and air search at the week­end, prompt­ing po­lice to re­mind trav­ellers to be cau­tious when ven­tur­ing out into the bush.

Kar­ratha po­lice launched a search and res­cue op­er­a­tion for two friends miss­ing in bush­land about 25km south-west of Kar­ratha on Satur­day, July 1.

Colin Har­wood, 67, of Kar­ratha, and Pamela Stan­dard, 46, of Roe­bourne, and two dogs set off for a scenic drive about 11am on Fri­day, June 30, but be­came stranded when their car was bogged on a bush track.

Be­ing out of phone range they camped overnight, but calls to a friend and po­lice the fol­low­ing day were cut short be­cause of lack of re­cep­tion.

Kar­ratha po­lice act­ing of­fi­cerin-charge Se­nior Sergeant Justin Tarasin­ski said with lit­tle in­for­ma­tion about whether the pair were in­jured or had sup­plies, they treated the alert as ur­gent.

Kar­ratha of­fi­cers spot­ted Ms Stan­dard and Mr Har­wood’s ve­hi­cle at 4.05pm and guided ground crews to their lo­ca­tion to re­cover them, un­in­jured.

Sen. Sgt Tarasin­ski said the in­ci­dent was a timely re­minder to those head­ing out into the iso­lated Pil­bara to de­tail their trip and tell oth­ers be­fore­hand.

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