As a result of a distress beacon activation reported via the Australian Maritime Safety Authority last night, Tasmania Police was notified this morning of an injured 25 year old Victorian bushwalker requesting medical assistance at Pelion Hut in the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the area and arrived around 10am. The man was unable to walk due to his injuries and evacuated from the area by police. He is currently being flown to the Royal Hobart Hospital for treatment for an injured knee. The man was part of a guided walking group.
Inspector Darren Hopkins said, “This was a good example of a bushwalker group being properly prepared and equipped with safety equipment which included a distress beacon and satellite phone. Personal locator beacons can be purchased for as little as $300 and they do save lives.”