Lost cou­ple winched to safety, re­turned to Mans­field

Mansfield Courier - - Your Say -

A GEELONG cou­ple who be­came lost overnight near Whitfield, were winched to safety by the Po­lice Air Wing early this month.

Lo­cated by he­li­copter and winched out sep­a­rately be­fore be­ing taken to the Mans­field District Hospi­tal for treat­ment, the cou­ple were none the worse for their ideal.

Sergeant Domenica Hunkin, from Wan­garatta po­lice, said the cou­ple went for an evening walk and be­came lost.

“Be­cause they had mo­bile re­cep­tion they were able to con­tact 000 and give their co­or­di­nates, but we were un­able to get to their lo­ca­tion that night,” Sgt Hunkin said.

The cou­ple, who had wa­ter and food, re­mained in the bush overnight be­fore con­tact­ing 000.

Sgt Hunkin praised the cou­ple for hav­ing a mo­bile phone and bat­tery pack charger with them as well as food and wa­ter.

“They con­tacted 000 as soon as they re­alised they were lost which was a smart thing to do,” she said.

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