At 3:30pm on Saturday 4/2/17 Tasmania Police Search and Rescue were notified of a walking party of 6 people in need of assistance on Mount Amos in the Freycinet National Park. The walking party which consisted of 2 adults, and 4 youths, all from Hobart encountered difficulty when they attempted to descend Mount Amos and climb Mount Dove, Tasmania Police say.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was activated and a Tasmania Police Air Crewman winched an Ambulance Tasmania Paramedic to the scene. All 6 people were then winched from the scene in an operation that took over and hour. None of the walking party required hospitalisation but several were suffering from exhaustion and mild dehydration.
Tasmania Police would like to remind people embarking on “off track” walks that they carry plenty of water, particularly on the Freycinet Peninsula, and research the intended expedition before attempting it.
Immediately after the rescue at Mount Amos the helicopter was tasked to Bicheno where a 78 year old Hobart woman was suffering from Anaphylaxis. She was flown to the Royal Hobart Hospital in a stable condition.
Footage of the Mount Amos Rescue is available from Rotorlift Aviation.
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