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Hollow mountain accident 28/4/2018 2-May-2018 At 8:23:18 AM Wendy
On 1-May-2018 kieranl wrote:
>On 1-May-2018 Hairy1 wrote:
>>Using a hoist is supposed to be the option of last resort in helicopter
>>rescue operations, (due to the level of danger) but the prospect of doing
>>this sort of job is kinda exciting... Perhaps VCC or similar could provide
>>foot/vehicle cliff access info to ambulance so they can land on nearby
>>and avoid hoist operations where appropriate?
>I for one was glad to not have to do the carry-out. Would have been the
>second night-time carry-out in three days. One other SES and at least one
>paramedic had also been at the Arapiles accident. And spare a thought for
>the Stawell SES : they had already been to a patient at the Pinnacle earlier
>on Saturday, then to Stapylton in the evening. They then got woken up for
>a truck crash about 3am on Sunday followed by the Venus Baths fall later
>on Sunday. That's a heavy weekend for a small group of volunteers.

That is a lot of work for volunteers. I am of the school of thought that if something is an essential service, we shouldn't have to rely of volunteers for it, but then, i'm not exactly a neoliberalist.

I think the point is that historically, someone would probably get themselves out with their mates. I've hobbled on friend's shoulders, been carried, used sticks, crawled on my bum, done a sort of side saddle scoot on a bike and hitched to get myself out of places with a bung ankle. Most of us have done something similar or heard stories of similar retreats. When mobile phones made calling for rescue easier than getting yourself out, it seems a lot more people choose to call for rescue.

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