Lost couple winched to safety, returned to Mansfield
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.