The two men missing east of Laverton have been recovered and have been taken to Laverton Hospital for a check-up.
Barry Fraser and Robert O’Connor were recovered today in two separate trips by a 2 seat helicopter.
A number of factors helped the men be recovered safe and well including:
– Staying with their bogged vehicle – helping them be located by search crews.
– Providing others with an itinerary of their movements – which raised concerns when they didn’t arrive in Laverton as expected.
– Taking adequate food and water supplies – in the event that they should get stuck for a number of days.
WA Police are urging members of the public who are travelling in remote locations by car to stay with their vehicle if they become lost or incapacitated for some reason.
Police and Emergency Services utilise varying types of search resources, including aircraft and vehicles. In remote areas, it is much easier for searchers to spot a vehicle from the air, than it is a person. If people end up in this type of predicament we advise them to try not to panic, and stay with their vehicle at all times.
• Have at least three days worth of water for yourself and the amount of people travelling with you, as well as for the vehicle.
• Carry enough food to ensure you are totally self sufficient.
• Ensure your vehicle is in good condition and suitable for the trip before setting off.
• Ensure you have sufficient fuel and at least two spare tyres. You will need to travel vast distances between service points.
• Ensure you have detailed current maps.
• Local Government Offices will have road condition information available. If possible before your journey check the main roads website for road conditions. http://www.mainroads.wa.gov.au
• Also, plan alternative routes in case your original route is inaccessible. Flooded roads can be particularly problematic throughout the State.
• Ensure you invest in an EPIRB or Personal Locator Beacon. These can be registered with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), meaning when it is activated, not only do we have a good idea where you are. We will also have details of the next of kin etc.
• Satellite phones are also invaluable and will ensure rescuers can get to you as fast as possible if you need assistance.
• If you are travelling to very remote areas, make sure you have high-frequency (HF) and CB radios with you.
• Tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to arrive. Confirm your arrival with them.
Western Australia Police.