More police rescue frustration

STICK to your plans in the bush.

STICK to your plans in the bush.
That’s the message from emergency services after police, SES and a helicopter were called out to search for a Benalla fisherman, 79, on New Year’s Eve.
The man failed to return to his camp on the West Buffalo branch of Buffalo River after setting off by himself at 11.30am on December 31.
He was reported missing by friends at 11.30pm forcing police to search for the man in the early hours of the New Year while organising SES volunteers and the search and rescue helicopter from Melbourne to continue looking in the morning.
However, the man walked out and returned to his camp after being picked up by a local resident, as police made their way back out at 7am on New Year’s Day.
It was the second time in a month police and search and rescue crews were required for an incident where individuals had become lost in bushland near the Australian Alps Walking Track and Myrtleford police’s Sergeant Paul Evans said it was an example of why people should stick to their plans.

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