Barrington Tops OPEX.
This annual September search (OPEX) for the missing Cessna plane VH-MDX in Barrington Tops has become a major multi agency training exercise. Also present were various SES, RFS and VRA units / personnel.
For two days in late September Bush Search and Rescue (BSAR) assisted NSW Police in a search for a missing elderly man with dementia. He had been missing for a number of days in urban bush land near Baulkham Hills. As always, the areas BSAR searched were tracked (for later download) on our GPS receivers. Unfortunately, his location is still unknown.
Web page hosting has generally moved on. BSAR has used this opportunity to update its web page. As usual, BSAR still has worthwhile content on GPS, distress beacons (PLB and EPIRB), the Police TREK program for free PLB loan, outback communications and bush safety.
On 7th October BSAR will again be active in safety support for an outdoors event in the Blue Mountains. Participants in the Hounslow Classic will do challenging ascents as they traverse the Grose Valley from Blackheath.
Among the many recent outdoors events where BSAR has offered safety support is OXFAM TrailWalker. BSAR provided Safety Response Teams for this 48 hour event.
BSAR uses the outdoors skills of bushwalkers to provide a well-respected community service in remote area search and rescue. In 1936 the ‘Search and Rescue Section’ of Bushwalking NSW was established. It is now BSAR.
Guest Author: Keith Maxwell