7 July 2020

Police issue reminder to stay snow safe following rescue operation

| Edwina Mason
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Snow on hills in Snowy Mountains.

Two skiers became lost and required assistance in the Snowy Mountains back country during the past weekend. Photo: Supplied.

NSW Police is reminding snow enthusiasts to take extra care after two skiers became lost and required police assistance in the Snowy Mountains back country during the past weekend.

At about 4:30 pm on Saturday, 4 July, a skier contacted emergency services after becoming lost outside Thredbo resort boundaries.

Police were told two men – both aged 32 – departed the Dead Horse Gap trailhead earlier that day with the intention of back country skiing along South Rams Head.

As weather conditions deteriorated, the pair became disoriented and contacted emergency services.

Police coordinated a multi-agency search effort and obtained the duo’s coordinates.

The two men were then met by officers from NSW Police and Fire and Rescue NSW Thredbo.

They were assessed at the scene but did not require medical treatment.

The two men were carrying adequate provisions, but did not lodge a trip intention form and did not have a personal locator beacon.

Monaro Police District Commander, Superintendent Paul Condon, said the incident is a timely reminder for snow-goers to remain vigilant and register their intentions.

“Even the most capable skiers and snowboarders can get caught out so please be mindful of changing weather conditions,” he said.

“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.

“A trip intention form and a personal locator beacon can both make a huge difference in these situations.”

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