Stranded bushwalkers rescued from Lake Rhona

A search and rescue operation has safely extracted a group of stranded bushwalkers from the Lake Rhona area in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

“Search and rescue crews rescued the group from the Lake Rhona area this morning after they became stranded yesterday afternoon due to rising water levels,” said A/Inspector Robert Bessell.

“The group of bushwalkers ranging in age from early to mid-thirties from Victoria, commenced a walk in the area on Saturday and raised the alarm via a satellite emergency call about 5pm yesterday.

“The group was located by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was able to land in the area to safely remove the group about 8.20am this morning.

“It’s important for everyone considering bushwalking to remember to be prepared with up-to-date equipment, appropriate clothing and adequate supplies” said A/Inspector Bessell.

Bushwalking Tips:

  • Ensure you’re prepared with appropriate equipment – take a map and torch, clothing and footwear to suit any conditions, regardless of the season take a waterproof jacket; adequate food and water, first aid kit.
  • Research the intended trip – ensure the trip is within your abilities and fitness level, and you have a route plan, map and check the expected weather forecast.
  • Let someone know before you go – ensure someone knows your route and expected return time.
  • Always carry a fully charged mobile phone and a PLB and consider a portable charger to extend battery life.
  • If you are heading out into Tasmania’s wilderness, download the Emergency+ application. This is a free smartphone application that uses GPS functionality to help identify an accurate location in a time of emergency.