Two hikers who got lost in Talleganda State Forest near Captains Flat have been located safe and well after utilising an emergency application on their smart phone.
Early yesterday (Saturday 25 July 2015) a 57-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman began a hike from Mulloon Camping ground to the top of Mount Pelerang. As they were returning they became lost.
The couple called Triple Zero and reported they were lost. Police from the Alpine Operations Unit within Monaro Local Area Command responded and began a search.
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During the search, the couple used the ‘Emergency +’ application on their smart phone to allow emergency services to pinpoint their exact location.
At 12.15am today (Sunday 26 July 2015), search teams located the pair within the State Forest based on the coordinates received.
Sergeant Brad Hughes, of Jindabyne police, says the application could prove to be a life saver for anyone who finds themselves in an emergency situation in a remote area.
“Knowing exactly where to send our resources is usually the biggest challenge we face in these sorts of situations.
“This application makes it far easier for us to find you in a time-crucial emergency, greatly improving your chances of survival.
“However it is still no substitute for adequately preparing and planning any trip to avoid becoming involved in an emergency in the first place,” Sergeant Hughes said.