In the news this week is another remarkable story of survival, after a 68 year old woman broke down on the Deddick Trail in Snowy Mountains National Park. She survived for four days, before eventually being rescued by a Victorian Police helicopter. Remarkable that she survived, but even more remarkable that she had no remote communication plan in place other than a mobile phone.
The alarm was raised after her vehicle was discovered on the trail. It took another day or so before a search and rescue helicopter saw the word “HELP” scrawled in the sand of the Snowy River.
It brings home a couple of salient points:
- If broken down – stay with your vehicle.
- Your vehicle can provide shelter in the cold evenings (down to about freezing),
- Your vehicle is easier to find than a missing person, and in this case would have seen the missing woman rescued some 24 hours earlier.
- Consider a Remote Communication Plan – what will you do if you break down or are injured out of mobile phone range?
Thankfully the missing woman was rescued and will make a full recovery. Perhaps next time she will consider some remote communication device such as a PLB, SPOT or even a satellite telephone. Of course if you want more information, please consider Save Our Selves – A guide to getting help in remote areas.