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Old 27.02.2007, 09:14
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An alarming story ;-) [Swiss tourists lost in Australia]

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Two Swiss tourists who sparked a full-scale rescue mission involving a helicopter and an aircraft flown from Melbourne to Tasmania were found just five kilometres from a bitumen road in a bogged four-wheel-drive.
The tourists activated an EPIRB distress beacon near Mount Read, in the state's north west, about 10.40pm yesterday.
The aircraft traced the signal to the hire vehicle but could not land because of hills.
Police reached the tourists in a four-wheel drive and winched the vehicle onto safe ground, ending a six-hour operation.
"The night was warm and there were no injuries," a police spokesman said.
"Tasmania Police would like to remind the public that EPIRB distress beacons are for matters of distress when there is a serious risk to life."
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Old 27.02.2007, 09:19
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Re: An alarming story ;-)

I wonder if that will get picked up by the local press here. Just one point I wanted to raise - if you did something like that here you'd be presented with a massive bill for the rescue effort in the blink of an eye. I wonder whether they will get the same treatment, probably not.

5Kms is easily walkable.
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I wonder if that will get picked up by the local press here. Just one point I wanted to raise - if you did something like that here you'd be presented with a massive bill for the rescue effort in the blink of an eye. I wonder whether they will get the same treatment, probably not.

5Kms is easily walkable.
Australia tend to let things like that slide for first time idiots, so I doubt they will get the bill. The rescue services will write it off as a practice run.

5km is definitely walkable, especially in Tasmania. Maybe they were scared that a Tassie devil was going to eat them.

I know what you mean about here though. I remember where i used to work, the weather doors on the park station often malfunctioned. On three occasions, instead of calling the security, some impatient drivers hit the nearest switch....the fire alarm. And then they got a shock when 1 month later they received a 5000 CHF bill for the false alarm...
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Re: An alarming story ;-) [Swiss tourists lost in Australia]

I always hate stories like these, I always feel sorry for the poor buggers. Standard safety advice when lost in wilderness is to stay with your vehicle. If you're lost, how do you know how far you are from the road?

If they called out the rescue just because they were just bogged down and knew where they were, then they deserve complete ridicule..
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Old 27.02.2007, 09:49
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I always hate stories like these, I always feel sorry for the poor buggers. Standard safety advice when lost in wilderness is to stay with your vehicle. If you're lost, how do you know how far you are from the road?
Well it's interesting to note that it was activated at 10:40pm, meaning that if they were to walk back to the road it would have been dark. Sensible thing to do would be to sleep in the car until daybreak. By activating the beacon at night they forced the rescue services to work in the dark.

Yes I agree, staying with the vehicle is a good idea, unless you are close (which they were) to a road and could flag someone down. It's also worth pointing out that if they were in a remote area there wouldn't have been any mobile phone coverage.

Another question might be - what were they doing off-road? Being nationals of a country that has the highest sales of "off-road" vehicles in Europe doesn't mean that they knew anything about actually taking those vehicles off-road!

Bill them I say!

I'm reminded of another funny story that happened quite a few years back, also in Australia. Some airline employees (from the former Ansett I think) decided to aquire one of the emergency rafts. One day they set off for a rafting trip and were happily rafting down a river when they were surprised to find helicopters converging on their location. They failed to anticipate that the beacon built into the raft would activate as soon as the raft inflated
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Re: An alarming story ;-) [Swiss tourists lost in Australia]

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I'm reminded of another funny story that happened quite a few years back, also in Australia. Some airline employees (from the former Ansett I think) decided to aquire one of the emergency rafts. One day they set off for a rafting trip and were happily rafting down a river when they were surprised to find helicopters converging on their location. They failed to anticipate that the beacon built into the raft would activate as soon as the raft inflated
Oh Mark you've been urban mythed
http://www.snopes.com/crime/dumdum/locator.asp
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Old 27.02.2007, 10:04
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Oh Mark you've been urban mythed
http://www.snopes.com/crime/dumdum/locator.asp
Damn, I was sure I'd read that myself in a paper! Well some reporters can sometimes be a bit slack when it comes to checking their sources. Ok - well funny story anyway.
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