A bit of recent AREC/SAR activity:
Standby - possible Karori urban area search for missing elderly person.
2014hrs Stand down - person found
SAROP in Wainui waterworks starting 1730hrs for two hunters missing in Wainuiomata Water Catchment area.
Base was at the GWRC Ranger house in Reserviour Road. IMT setup, helicopter on site and teams ready to deploy when hunters got
phone coverage and phoned home. The hunters exited and visited IMT on their way out so we were all stood down at 1755hrs.
Most of these events get no further that those involved being put on standby, others progress to the next stage like the events of 3 April with very few becoming full blown searches as this one had the potential to.
They are all a good test of our systems, ready kit and ability to respond.
Deputy Section Leader
[Editor Note: There's a Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) occuring 16-18 April. WVHFG Members should contact ZL4JY if they're interested in being involved and learning how AREC helps during a Search and Rescue event.]