Here’s an interesting story from our files that occurred back in 2011.
In the dynamic world of search and rescue, even on a day off AMSA’s Search and Rescue Off…icers can be involved in an incident.
In 2011, two of AMSA’s Search and Rescue Officers decided to venture out to the Brindabella Ranges near Canberra for a spot of four wheel driving and fishing during a day off.
On reaching the day’s fishing spot, they were surprised to come across a crashed helicopter in a creek.
The pair were experienced aviators and could tell the helicopter had only recently crashed. They found a note from the people on board saying they were only suffering minor injuries and armed with a Personal Locator Beacon, had decided to hike out.
The search and rescue officers passed on their find to AMSA’s Rescue Coordination Centre in Canberra, who were already responding to the activated beacon and had tasked the Snowy Hydro South Care Helicopter to respond. The story had a happy ending with the people from the crashed helicopter located by the rescue helicopter and reported to be safe and well.