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SOS call from the Overland Track + FATAL crash in Tasmania’s north

Written by on July 20, 2020

Western Police Search and Rescue members, Parks and Wildlife, SES and Ambulance Tasmania are currently responding to the activation of a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) on the Overland Track between Marion’s Lookout and the Horse Track. The PLB was hired today by a 43-year-old man planning to complete the six-day trek.

Conditions on the mountain are reported to be ‘challenging’, with below freezing temperatures, snow falling above 1000 metres and winds southwesterly up to 35 km/h.

UPDATE – 11 PM:
Rescuers have located a 43-year-old man who activated his personal locator beacon this evening on the Overland Track between Marion’s Lookout and the Horse Track.

The man was uninjured, well equipped but overcome by the deteriorating weather conditions.
The man will be assisted back to the Dove Lake car park where he will receive medical assessment.
Tasmania Police supports the carriage of Personal Locator Beacons by bushwalkers and other adventurers.
They help in minimising the search in search and rescue operations and have the potential to save your life.

Also in news tonight, sadly, a 28 year old Launceston woman has died as a result of the crash that occurred on the Bass Highway at Elizabeth Town earlier this evening.

A male and a female, who sustained minor injuries in the crash, have been taken to hospital.  Both are in a stable condition.

The road is expected to remain closed for some time whilst Police carry out their investigations.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.


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