Footprints Lead to Missing Man

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Footprint in red dirt

Teamwork and making good use of technology were key to a successful LandSAR outcome near Mount Magnet earlier this month.

Mid West-Gascoyne A/Inspector Chris Martin said the circumstances of the incident involved a local man who got his vehicle bogged in dense bushland around 30kms from town on New Year’s Eve.

He made the decision to leave the vehicle and became lost while trying to seek assistance.

“The man spent the next 60 hours wandering through bushland, eventually taking refuge in a cave,” he said.

Local police from Cue, Mount Magnet and Mullewa Police Stations initially coordinated the operation, later being supported by TRG trackers and Emergency Management Unit.

“This also added to our ability to work well with DFES, SES and AMSAR to locate the missing person,” A/Insp. Martin said.

“Given the dry, hot conditions and difficult terrain, together with a PAR with no water, there’s no doubt that without the combined efforts of everyone involved the outcome may well have been very different. There were a number of very challenging aspects to this rescue, but fortunately on this occasion persistence and professionalism paid off.”