7 June 2021

Hikers found in Kosciuszko National Park after overnight ordeal

| Hannah Sparks
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Missing hikers and rescuers in Kosciuszko National Park at night

Emergency services found four missing hikers in the early hours of Monday, 7 June, in Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Fire and Rescue NSW.

Four hikers have been found safe and well after spending a gruelling 12 hours lost in Kosciuszko National Park on Sunday, 6 June. However, NSW Police say the incident is a warning to hikers ahead of the 2021 snow season.

The group, aged in their 20s, departed from Charlotte Pass around 1:00 pm on Sunday, but became lost at 9:00 pm due to deteriorating weather and poor visibility. They set up camp and called police.

Officers attached to Monaro Police District then commenced a search around Blue Lake Walk and Main Range Track, assisted by NSW Ambulance and Fire and Rescue NSW.

Emergency services personnel used six-wheeler motorbikes and quad bikes to negotiate the rugged terrain, then walked one kilometre to locate the group at about 1:00 am on Monday, 7 June.

The hikers – aged 25, 27 and two aged 23 – were not injured.

Fire and Rescue NSW rescuer hiking through snow at night in Kosciuszko National Park

Poor weather conditions forced the rescue party to partly conduct the search for four lost hikers on foot in Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Fire and Rescue NSW.

They were assessed by NSW Ambulance paramedics before returning to their accommodation.

With the 2021 snow season already underway and poor conditions forecast during the coming days, Detective Inspector Neil Grey from Monaro Police District reminded hikers to stick to designated tracks.

“Bad weather and snow cloud can very quickly and easily disorientate even the most experienced hikers,” he said.

“It’s vital for hikers to carry an EPIRB [safety beacon] to narrow down their location when phone reception is poor and the weather is rapidly deteriorating.

“Anyone headed to our snowfields this season needs to be prepared with thermals and wet-weather gear, as well as carrying plenty of food and water.

“If it weren’t for the quick response by our emergency services, this could have ended badly.”

Hikers are also urged to lodge a trip intention with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

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Roger Gagliardi4:09 pm 08 Jun 21

These idiots put other lives at risk because they were too stupid and lazy to make their way back. You don’t set out on a hike knowing conditions are deteriorating, especially at the onset of winter. So sick of fools that put other lives at risk.

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