NSW SES ALPINE OPERATORS RESCUE LOST HIKER ON OPENING WEEKEND OF SNOW SEASON

11/06/2024 09:29 AM

On the official opening of the 2024 snow season, 6 NSW State Emergency Service (SES) Alpine Search and Rescue Operators have been called out after dark to search for a missing male. 

NSW SES members responded shortly after 7pm Saturday, 8 June, assisting NSW Police in the search for the man who had been running in the Kosciuszko National Park near Guthega. 

The missing man was located several kilometres from an area called The Rolling Grounds, before NSW SES members guided him back to safety. They returned to their Jindabyne-based Unit about 7am on Sunday. 

NSW SES Alpine Search and Rescue Unit Commander, Inspector Chris Farrow said it was a timely reminder for people to always have a plan, tell someone where they were going and the time they planned to return, and to carry a Personal Locator Beacon with them. 

“While there isn’t much snow this June long weekend, the alpine region is still a rapidly changing environment and nighttime temperatures are dropping to 1 degree or colder in some valleys,” Inspector Farrow said. 

“It’s important people plan for all possible outcomes when heading into remote areas and tracks in the alpine region this winter. Conditions can change quickly and without warning, often leaving hikers disorientated and lost.” 

NSW SES Acting Commissioner Deb Platz said the rescue showed the challenges that can arise in alpine environments. 

“We know visitors often underestimate the conditions, and overestimate their mountain safety and navigation skills,” Acting Commissioner Platz said. 

“My hope for every visitor to the Snowy Mountains is to have an unforgettable experience without requiring assistance from our teams. However, in the event they do need help, our dedicated volunteers are prepared to respond like they have this weekend.” 


Media enquiries: media@ses.nsw.gov.au or 1800 067 234. 


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