Epirb saves farmer.

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 09, 2016 at 06:56
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Here is a story that is worth reading. Many would probably say he shouldn't have moved, but none of us were walking in his shoes or in this case driving.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Jun 09, 2016 at 07:21

Thursday, Jun 09, 2016 at 07:21
Hi Eagle

Great story with a good outcome. As you know, I always push that any vehicle that heads bush should have one and those that do not are just "Fools "

The only strange thing is the cost...$150. They are usually a lot dearer than that so I wonder if it was subsidised?

Either way, it did the job.



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Follow Up By: 9900Eagle - Thursday, Jun 09, 2016 at 09:02

Thursday, Jun 09, 2016 at 09:02
Yes it was a good result and I also have my PLB in the vehicle at all times.

I don't know if they subsidised, I have never heard of it but at that price they would have to be.
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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Thursday, Jun 09, 2016 at 09:04

Thursday, Jun 09, 2016 at 09:04
Great news that he was rescued and given medical treatment…

What this highlights is that you don’t have to be far from a major centre to be remote. Teemburra Creek is little more than 60-kilometres from the major city of Mackay.

I’m with Stephen, for the price you’d be mad not to have one in the 4WD kit.

Cheers, Baz – The Landy
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Follow Up By: 9900Eagle - Thursday, Jun 09, 2016 at 09:09

Thursday, Jun 09, 2016 at 09:09
Baz, as you said not far from Mackay. It is pretty hard country and you would have to have plenty of lick or access to water to muster the cattle.
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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Thursday, Jun 09, 2016 at 09:38

Thursday, Jun 09, 2016 at 09:38
An excellent outcome for the farmer involved.

An excellent justification for the ownership and use of EPIRBs and PLBs.

In this instance (injury in a known location vs lost/injured in an unknown/remote area) I would support the farmers decision to start the drive towards help. Once he activated the device, his progress was being tracked. If he was on a property, Emergency Services would have known where he was physically - but may not have known HOW to get to him. It isn't always just a case of going up the driveway and going through the first gate. By heading back towards help, he probably sped up emergency aid reaching him.

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Follow Up By: Bob R4 - Thursday, Jun 09, 2016 at 11:46

Thursday, Jun 09, 2016 at 11:46
I think there is a difference in cost between PLB and EPIRB.
For boating you must have an EPIRB for certain waters, and a PLB is not approved as a substitute.
I think my motivation for questioning this was a reasonable price difference, and I had to spend the extra for the EPIRB at the time.
For instance on Sydney - Hobart race yachts, the boat must have an EPIRB, and each crew member must have a PLB, both having slightly different criteria.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Thursday, Jun 09, 2016 at 13:16

Thursday, Jun 09, 2016 at 13:16
The closing sentence of the article may be the reason why the price quoted was low, or it just may have been a guess buy the reporter.

"Police in the Pioneer Valley, west of Mackay, said they can provide EPIRB beacons to anyone involved in activities where mobile phone services are limited."

I thought it unusual that a farmer would carry a PLB on day to day activities. Perhaps due to the encouragement of Police with a scheme for those who cannot get mobile phone service.

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Follow Up By: garrycol - Thursday, Jun 09, 2016 at 13:29

Thursday, Jun 09, 2016 at 13:29
Nah the reporter is a member of Exploreroz and we all know they are prone to exaggeration.

PLBS start around $300 not $150.
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Reply By: blue one - Thursday, Jun 09, 2016 at 15:35

Thursday, Jun 09, 2016 at 15:35
Always carry one when I'm by myself. Like cutting firewood in the Watagans. Close to home though so many tracks.
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Reply By: ian.g - Thursday, Jun 09, 2016 at 17:42

Thursday, Jun 09, 2016 at 17:42
Further updates on this story


AFTER being severely gored by a wild, unbranded bull at his Pinnacle, Queensland property on Monday, cattle farmer Graeme Ware spoke about the terrifying experience from his bed at Mackay Base Hospital this afternoon.

The 66-year-old, whose injuries include eleven broken ribs, a collapsed lung, a broken shoulder, a large leg wound and a groin wound, which was dangerously close to an artery, believes his heavy duty driza-bone jacket probably saved his life - alongside his trusty Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB).

The beacon, which alerted authorities in lieu of phone reception in the remote area, was previously recommended to him by his mate and Mirani Senior Constable, James Dolby.

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