Bushwalker found

johnboy 8 September 2008 30

I’m getting reports in that the missing bushwalker (a 31-year-old Macarthur woman) in Namadgi National Park has been found “alive and well”.

More details as they come to hand.

UPDATED: The ABC report is now online.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Thanks to PlaneGuy for the link. News reports that it’s one Karina Scott who was rescued.

    She was wearing just shorts, a top and a lightweight waterproof jacket and had no sleep for the three nights of below zero temperatures…

    Mr Brewer said Ms Scott was found near the main track, the Nursery Creek Swamp Trail, from where she set out.

    “We understand that she may have been walking off an old map. She may have gone off on a track that was no longer in use,” he said.

    “We think she had been walking in circles for days.”

No compass then?

FURTHER UPDATE: The AFP’s media release on the subject has now made an appearance.

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Widget Widget 10:45 am 09 Sep 08

Not sure how she was located however Police and emergency services have done a great job over the last week!

Ian Ian 10:37 pm 08 Sep 08

#27 – must admit the same thought crossed my mind when this hit the news.

jenny green jenny green 7:08 pm 08 Sep 08

I-filed said :

I’m so glad she was found – I was wondering whether it was one of those murder cases where the spouse did it – and in this case may have chosen a ‘bushwalk’ as a foil. Sorry, husband of missing person!

Ditto… I bet the AFP are specially relieved for this reason!

I-filed I-filed 4:45 pm 08 Sep 08

I’m so glad she was found – I was wondering whether it was one of those murder cases where the spouse did it – and in this case may have chosen a ‘bushwalk’ as a foil. Sorry, husband of missing person!

peterh peterh 4:24 pm 08 Sep 08

Granny said :

You are such a bleeding heart, peterh!

*chuckle*

Ugg boots, indeed! Give them a boot and they’ll be taking a shoe.

ugg boots so that she can fit right in to the neighborhood.

I never said she should hike in them, but vikings did ok….

Granny Granny 4:05 pm 08 Sep 08

You are such a bleeding heart, peterh!

*chuckle*

Ugg boots, indeed! Give them a boot and they’ll be taking a shoe.

peterh peterh 4:03 pm 08 Sep 08

Granny said :

Or wears shoes, either. Shoes are too good for this bint.

no shoes?

she is from tuggers – maybe she should wear ugg boots.

🙂

peterh peterh 3:57 pm 08 Sep 08

Hero said :

it is great that she’s found, but i never though that a couple of nights in Namadgi would kill her, frankly. (unless she was injured, which she wasn’t.)
i don’t mean to be petty or play down what must have been an awful experience for her but how long will the canberra times front page this? isn’t there any news? and my god, she was wearing “thin cotton pants”?? they should have looked closer at their own photo because those are definitely jeans…
ok, shoot me down 🙂

Haven’t you heard that Alcohol is good for hypothermia?

in Namadgi, when the ground is frozen, you will die, without alcohol.

alcohol lowers your core temp, you don’t know, and you die.

even in summer, if you are at booroomba rocks, it is still colder than anything before the sun comes up. then you bake.

if she was incapacitated, we wouldn’t be hearing of her survival. The fact that she managed to walk around, ensured that she was able to regulate her core temperature.

Hero Hero 3:43 pm 08 Sep 08

hehehe
i spend alot of time out bush myself…
its just that the articles were annoyingly sensationalising…
i think you’re probably right about the paper.

Granny Granny 3:34 pm 08 Sep 08

Or wears shoes, either. Shoes are too good for this bint.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 3:16 pm 08 Sep 08

I hope she learns from this experience, and never ventures outside the kitchen ever again.

Whatsup Whatsup 2:52 pm 08 Sep 08

Yo Hero (who has requested that he be shot down)

One afternoon in Namadgi wearing the wrong clothes in crappy weather can kill you, its called Hypothermia. Wearing Jeans is a really bad idea, they are probably worse than ‘thin cotton pants’ because if they get wet they will chill the person very efficiently.

I agree that the Canberra Times struggles for an interesting story frequently. Maybe they are not allowed to print any juicy stuff about Mr Stanhope or his team anymore.

Hero Hero 2:08 pm 08 Sep 08

it is great that she’s found, but i never though that a couple of nights in Namadgi would kill her, frankly. (unless she was injured, which she wasn’t.)
i don’t mean to be petty or play down what must have been an awful experience for her but how long will the canberra times front page this? isn’t there any news? and my god, she was wearing “thin cotton pants”?? they should have looked closer at their own photo because those are definitely jeans…
ok, shoot me down 🙂

planeguy planeguy 1:54 pm 08 Sep 08

Ralph,

Firstly, I don’t necessarily think that what she did was “irresponsible behaviour and a public nuisance”. From the newspaper reading I have done it sounds to be at worst a mistake, although more likely misfortune.

Secondly, even if it were irresponsible behaviour and a public nuisance, I would be appalled that anyone would be made to pay for there rescue. The only time I would consider it, would be for malicious, intentional behaviour. I was not directly involved in this search, but have been involved in others. My presence cost some groups money (not me, because my employer gave me paid leave, and the ACT Govt covered the search costs) but I would have done it even if I was out of pocket, and would not begrudge the service offered. Speaking for myself only (ie no implications for Thumper, other SES Vollies, the ACT SES or the Government), I would feel few bigger insults than finding out that the rescued party needed to pay.

Ralph Ralph 12:22 pm 08 Sep 08

This bint should be made to pay for her rescue. Clearly irresponsible behaviour and a public nuisance.

p1 p1 11:36 am 08 Sep 08

That bit of track does get a little hard to follow these days with the resprouting after the ’03 fires. That said, even without a track there is a limited number of valleys in the area, most of which have tracks in them. In three days she could have walked in almost any direction, found a trail and followed in back to a road. Hell, in three days she could have walked west to the main north-south road through Namadgi. That said, good on her for surviving some nights out alone in the cold!

Thumper Thumper 8:09 am 08 Sep 08

It’s easy to navigate by the sun, and even the stars to some degree. If lost in the bush out there in Namadgi, head for the morning sun, you will bump into civilization.

However, it appears that the walking trail had not been maintained and was overgrown with saplings from after the 2003 fires which didn’t help her.

And a tip to anyone thinking of going for a wander around the bush this spring. Take a backpack with warm clothes, water, some food, a compass and matches. It’s not much, but it is enough to keep you alive for a few days. If you get lost, stay where you are, people WILL find you.

Good result this one but it must have been perilously close to being another tragic ending.

ant ant 11:16 pm 07 Sep 08

Sun’s quite good for that, also.

johnboy johnboy 10:56 pm 07 Sep 08

A compass would do that too.

iCanberran iCanberran 10:55 pm 07 Sep 08

When will people learn to use GPS when bush walking. And it doesn’t have to be one of those $600 specialist bushwalking GPS units. The ones you use in your car are enough to show you nearby roads and places even if the maps don’t cover actual walking trails. It will at least stop you walking in circles of further away from civilisation.

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