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Northern NSW : Rescue - Autumn 2014
When the crew needed to rescue an injured female who had fallen from a horse in rugged terrain, gaining access could have proven much more difficult without help from the ground. Legendary explorer, television documentary and film maker, Mal Leyland, best known as one half of the adventurous TV duo The Leyland Brothers, kindly offered a place to land on his New England property. Our thanks go out to Mal for his assistance on this mission. Mal Leyland with Pilot Dave Davies Ask a Leyland Brother Find out more at http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/safety/bushwalking Bushwalking tips Over the past few months the Service has been tasked to locate or rescue people who have become lost or sustained injuries while bushwalking. Our friends at National Parks and Wildlife have provided some tips for people who are considering bushwalking. • Always tell someone where you are going and when you intend to return giving exact route and times for walking legs, camping plans • Ensure you pack adequate drinking water, food, navigation and first aid equipment. A small survival kit is always useful including a space blanket. • Carry an Emergency Position- Indicating Radio Beacon if possible • Research your route and don't overestimate your abilities • Plan to be back well before last light if not camping overnight • Follow the map and walking trails • Check weather forecasts prior to departure • If possible walk in groups of three or more -- in an emergency one might need to wait with the injured person while the other gets help • Be prepared not to have mobile phone service • Wear/take appropriate clothing including a waterproof jacket and walking boots • Think about other location aids e.g. mirror, torch, bright coloured clothing, whistle 4 Rescue Magazine AUTUMN 2014
Winter 2014 redo