Police issue reminder after rescue operation – Snowy Mountains

Police are reminding local hiking enthusiasts to take extra care, following a multi-agency response to a missing hiker in the Snowy Mountains back country overnight.

Police have been told the 49-year-old man left Sawyers Hill on Sunday (12 April 2020) with the intention of going for a hike and returning to Adaminaby.

When the man failed to return to work in Adaminaby yesterday (Tuesday 14 April 2020), police were notified, and a multi-agency rescue commenced.

The man’s car was located at Blue Water Holes and a land search commenced with the assistance of Monaro Police District, the NSW State Emergency Service and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

About 4.15pm the man was located just north of Blue Water Holes, where a day pack with blankets was dropped to him with the assistance of the Snowy Hydro Helicopter.

The man was safely retrieved by NSW Ambulance about 6.10 pm during a medical retrieval. He suffered dehydration as a result of the incident.

Monaro Police District Commander, Superintendent Paul Condon, said the incident is a timely reminder for people to remain vigilant.

“The message is still clear regarding non-essential travel to our area, but for those locals who are getting out for fresh air and exercise – it’s really important that you follow the recommendations and take necessary precautions,” Supt Condon said.

“We’ve seen snow start to fall over the past week and we are susceptible to rapid changes in weather across the Snowy Mountains, so it’s really important that people follow necessary precautions and keep friends and family aware of their intentions.

“Even the most capable hikers can get caught out, so please be mindful of changing weather conditions.

“Plan trips according to your capabilities, notify others where you are going, have a communication plan in place in case of emergency and make sure you have plenty of appropriate clothing and equipment,” Supt Condon said.

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