Off-road warn­ing is­sued

Pilbara News - - News -

Po­lice are re­mind­ing peo­ple to fol­low safety ad­vice when driv­ing off-road in re­mote parts of the Pilbara af­ter a land and air search for a woman who went miss­ing af­ter leav­ing a bogged ve­hi­cle east of Pan­na­won­ica last week.

Hazel Stafford, who works for Sodexo, was a pas­sen­ger in a ve­hi­cle that be­came stuck about 20km east of the town on Wed­nes­day and tried to walk back, but when no one heard from her, au­thor­i­ties be­came in­volved.

She was found alive about 1pm on Thurs­day, sev­eral kilo­me­tres from the ve­hi­cle, and flown to Kar­ratha for a med­i­cal assess­ment.

The search in­volved the com­bined re­sources of po­lice, the SES, and vol­un­teers from lo­cal in­dus­try, gra­ziers and the com­mu­nity.

Pilbara Dis­trict Po­lice In­spec­tor Neville Dock­ery has ad­vised peo­ple to stay with their car if they got into trou­ble, be care­ful if they had to drive off-road in re­mote lo­ca­tions at night, and drive to con­di­tions.

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