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Fortress, Grampians accident - 16/11/08

1:15:08 PM
How many hours did it take to carry him out?
1:19:47 PM
I'm more intirgued by the FOURTH rescue in 12 MONTHS remark.

1:20:39 PM
Yes indeed Mr devlin66.

Thank you Mr kieranl for posting the local news update, and well done to all the rescuers involved.
Those articles certainly are thought provoking dearie.

This one
has the worrying component of the wonderful ambulance peoples not having flexibility in accessing local knowledge.
>"The Fortress was not listed in any of our databases. As such we couldn't establish if it was in the central or southern Grampians. Once the location was identified we notified Victoria Police and sent an air ambulance helicopter up to the area because we had hoped we might have been able to winch the patient straight out," he said.
>"I can't speak for the time between notifying Victoria Police and when the search and rescue unit was activated because that is a police matter."
>Mr Leach said operation centres at Ballarat and Geelong would update databases to include names for areas in the Grampians and Ambulance Victoria would ensure a policy was introduced so other emergency services were contacted for Grampians rescues.
Maybe things will be better in future?

The other one here
as summed up by
>Sgt Bate said that after rescuing Mr Benchea four times it was clear the incidents were more than just bad luck.
also raises some interesting questions in the minds of the good recue peoples no doubt?

3:23:48 PM
Climber has an L1 fracture. Had surgery yesterday to fuse spine at that level. Today had first short walk in the hospital. No other significant injuries identified at this stage. Long and slow recovery ahead.
7:30:46 PM
I nearly keeled over when I heard about the 4 rescues in 12 months - sounds like he shouldn't leave his lounge room! He's been trying some pretty extreme things - paddling to Tassie is not for the beginner kayaker, yet he needed rescue before leaving the Prom? And again 3 days later? Similarly, climbing at the Fortress needs some awareness of the location and nature of the climbing and the ability and preparation needed for it. I think that sergeant summed it up - the guy needs some serious reconsideration of his judgement and abilities. Pity it takes such nasty consequences for him to learn it. Hopefully he does learn at least. Guess he won't be needing a rescue again anytime soon anyway.
11:48:30 PM
As someone who was actively involved in the situation, being first on the scene, administering first aid, raising the alarm, remaining in communication with authorities and more passively watching when help arrived, it has been enlightening to see the level of misinformation in the media and other sources.

Having said this, I am only interested in entering this forum to thank the team of professionals and volunteers willing to assist a person in distress. To the Police Search & Rescue, Halls Gap Police, Ambulance Victoria, Parks Victoria, SES and ARG I cannot thank you enough. It was a huge operation and effort by all involved. The fact that a critically injured individual was rescued from a remote location without the loss of life is a credit to you all. A life passionate about climbing, mountains and the crag will go on. Many thanks :)
7:07:05 PM
Well said J, well done to you too.

7:35:26 PM
Trip report J!!! None of this being involved in some big drama and not giving us all the lowdown on it - I'm sure there's plenty of lessons to be learned by all!!! (Mulchy seriously being serious for once).

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