In October last year two travellers were lucky to escape without injury after their 4WD and caravan rolled near Timber Creek in the Northern Territory. Timber Creek is approximately 350km south of Darwin on the Victoria Highway.
The ‘grey nomads’ would have been on a trip of a lifetime, no doubt planning and saving their adventure for months before the accident.
Thankfully they were found quickly and given medical attention at nearby Timber Creek clinic. What a relief they were uninjured. The vehicle and caravan can be replaced, but lives cannot.
In such remote country, it is conceivable that they could have been stuck for a considerable period of time until a passer-by would have found them and raised the alarm. Imagine if they were on a quiet road, and injured. This story could have had a significantly different ending.
If you plan on heading off the main highways, it is prudent to consider what communication equipment you will take with you. In this case, there is every chance that if a UHF or HF radio had been fitted to the vehicle, the accident would have broken the antenna, rendering the set useless. There are many other communication options available to be used, but which one would work best in this scenario?
Accidents like this happen – despite the best planning and intentions. What is important is that you plan for the worst, and hope for the best. My E-book – Save Our Selves – A guide to getting help in remote areas would have given this couple a good idea on what to do, and what to expect whilst waiting for help to arrive.
You can read the full story of the accident here at the NT Times.