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ACT Students found after night in the bush

By johnboy - 10 March 2006 82

The ABC is reporting that students and teachers from an ACT school have been found in the Deua National Park having spent a cold night out after getting lost on an abseiling trip.

Now I have to ask, how do they manage this?

They travel, at best, 6km an hour (more likely 4 kmh). They know (or should) on their maps where they started from. So when they hunker down around their map, once they lose the way, there’s a very small circle they can possibly be in.

Set a bearing to cross a road, river, or track from there and bingo, not lost any more.

So how do they get so lost the rescue services have to come out and get them at vast expense?

(Assuming, of course, that they had map, compass, and the wit to use them)

UPDATED: Richard Mulcahy is calling for EPIRB’s to be purchased for going on bushwalks. Personally the lower tech solution of not letting kids out in national parks with teachers who can’t use a map might be better. Albeit EPIRB’s are probably cheaper. Richard thinks “a couple” of them would suffice but really we’d be looking at a couple in each school right?

FURTHER UPDATE: The ABC is reporting the police have been critical of the group’s preparations. Win News tonight had the Gold Creek principle delaring a helicopter rescue was the result of everything going to plan.

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simto 8:35 am 17 Mar 06

That’s “Permission SLIP”, for the typo monitors.

simto 8:27 am 17 Mar 06

So, the lesson we learned from this is “parents, don’t send your kids to Gold Creek – and if you do, for gods sake, don’t sign a permission trip for school camps”.

That and “stay away from Nyssa – she bites”.


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