Stay safe this Christ­mas

Mansfield Courier - - News -

THE main is­sue in spring was the amount of searches we have had to con­tend with in the last few months.

I won’t go through them all but you may re­call the young cou­ple that went off the road down near the Thomp­son Dam re­sult­ing in their deaths.

Just re­cently I was in­volved in an­other search in the Mt Skene/Li­cola area for an­other cou­ple that had gone miss­ing, for­tu­nately we had a bet­ter out­come and they were found alive and well.

Mans­field po­lice and other units were search­ing for a miss­ing male in the Mt Buller area with no luck so far.

There have been a num­ber of per­sons of all ages and creeds that have not made the news through­out the state that, as yet, have not been lo­cated that we are still look­ing for.

Vic­to­ria Po­lice and our col­leagues in­volved in emer­gency searches, full time, part time and vol­un­teers, have ex­pended enor­mous re­sources and per­son­nel to try to lo­cate these lost souls with­out hes­i­ta­tion and as quickly as pos­si­ble.

I would like to re­mind peo­ple that the High Coun­try is a beau­ti­ful and dan­ger­ous place for the un­pre­pared.

Please carry enough of your own re­sources to sur­vive for a few ex­tra days, ap­pro­pri­ate cloth­ing for overnight, wa­ter food etc.

Al­ways carry maps of the area that you are go­ing into or through, do not rely on elec­tronic de­vices as your only tool to nav­i­gate this area or for res­cue.

If you break down stay with your ve­hi­cle, use an ap­pro­pri­ate Emer­gency Bea­con or EPIRB, carry a por­ta­ble UHF ra­dio.

Do not rely on ve­hi­cle GPS de­vices to nav­i­gate or mo­bile phones un­less they are satel­lite ca­pa­ble and you have plenty of recharg­ing de­vices.

I re­it­er­ate al­ways carry a re­li­able map or map book of the area, a com­pass is al­ways handy.

The most im­por­tant ac­tion of all is to tell loved ones ex­actly where you are go­ing and plan­ning to be, the route you are go­ing to take.

No­tify some­one if you are go­ing to de­vi­ate from the plan.

If the worst hap­pens these very ac­tions will make it eas­ier for us to lo­cate you and bring you safely home to your loved ones.

Can I add If I had a fam­ily mem­ber who was in­clined to­wards hik­ing, bush­walk­ing, 4wdriv­ing, trail bike rid­ing or just go­ing bush I would con­sider a per­sonal lo­cater or EPIRB (Emer­gency po­si­tion-in­di­cat­ing ra­diobea­con) a cheap Christ­mas present that will help bring them home to you.

Merry Christ­mas.

Lead­ing Se­nior Con­sta­ble

Ken Dwight, Woods Point Po­lice Sta­tion

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