Lady Bogged for 5 days

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 13:43
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A Middle aged lady has been found after her car was bogged on the Evanston Bullfinch road for 5 days. She abandoned the car and walked 20km where she stumbled onto A mine access road and was found by contractrers heading to the Windarling iron Ore Mine. The vehicle was recoverd by Mine workers. The lady had been reported as missing by family.
Althought that was how it was reported I suspect she was not actually on the road as it sees more traffic than every 5 days and the report also stated it was in the Weatbelt which when I was up that way with rod W I didnt see too many Headers
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Reply By: Footloose - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 13:54

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 13:54
Didn't tell anyone she was going that way ? No radio, epirb etc ? Abandoned the vehicle ? Interesting ...
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Follow Up By: Tim HJ61 (WA) - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 14:21

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 14:21
You're right, no mention of radio or epirb

Newspaper report (The West - Saturday Feb 4) said she left a note in a bottle attached to a tree telling anyone who happened to be passing where she headed - albeit after leaving the car.

But fairs fair, after 5 days drinking water out of a puddle and not having anyone happen by, I'd be looking at plan B too.

Interested in Davoe's local perspective and any more info that may come to light.

Tim
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 14:31

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 14:31
I agree that the local perspective will give us the goss. I wonder if she was a local or just travelling around ?
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 14:41

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 14:41
It was a woman footloose..
she had her hair dryer, and makeup kit, incar latte machine, and the mobile phone which would have had no reception..
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 15:23

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 15:23
Its not particulary remote area but you could wait a while if off on a track. I would have (and havnt) had any hesitation walking when i thought my chances of being stumbled accros would be made better by a change of location. BUT as we were always taught, know where you are and where you are going. Walk to a known location not just an area and know your limits as to how far you can walk depending on weather etc. 20km isnt particlary far and is an easy 1/2 day walk
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 15:37

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 15:37
>It was a woman footloose.

Oi, Truckster!

You should have met my ex-partner! She was a concert violinist and knew nothing this side of 5 star hotels before she met me. After one year going bush there was nothing that girl couldn't do (apart from beat me at Backgammon :) around the camp. Although she did get very silly one time when a very large goanna walked into camp. But, on the whole, she was more bush savvy than a lot of men I've known.

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 15:47

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 15:47
Spot on Davoe.

"Stay with the vehicle" is, generally, very sensible advice for a lot of reasons. But if you know exactly where you are (and you should) and you know exactly where help/water/people etc are AND you are confident you can accurately navigate to that spot AND you have the ability to walk it given your fitness, weather, maps, GPS, compass etc then there may well be a lot of sense in walking - which is why I always ensure I have a pair of shoes I _can_ walk 50km in when I go deep bush.

It's like all things in the bush - we have to be adaptable. Do all the planning you like but if conditions dictate, and they often do, then be prepared to change everything.

Additionally, after five days without food I would be starting to become concerned about my strength to undertake a long walk - probably OK at that point but how many more days should you wait...?

There is a lot to be said for an EPIRB.

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 16:48

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 16:48
Hey Truckster Last year I worked with women that would teach you everything you thought you knew but didnt from navigation where there are no roads or tracks to walking all day visiting all the points identified as points of intrest on arial photos to bush cooking to fixing stuffed underbodyparts and tyres and the list goes on.....
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Follow Up By: LisaH - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 23:06

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 23:06
Truckster, you are an arse.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 23:11

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 23:11
would you like a tissue?
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Follow Up By: LisaH - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 23:23

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 23:23
oooh, a bleep contest...
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Follow Up By: LisaH - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 23:25

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 23:25
my god I got bleeped...
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Reply By: Mike DiD - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 14:20

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 14:20
Maybe the "concerned relatives" will now spend $250 and give her an EPIRB as a late Christmas present.

Mike
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Reply By: Member - Jay Gee (WA) - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 14:57

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 14:57
The Evanston Bullfinch road is not really "off the beaten track".
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 15:16

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 15:16
No it isnt - hardly epirb sat phone stuff. It makes me think the story might have been mis reported a bit especially as they said it was the weatbelt
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Follow Up By: jdpatrol - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 15:53

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 15:53
I hear a few stories are mis-reported in the media....................just on the odd occasion. LOL
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Reply By: desert - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 16:36

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 16:36
Should have burned her bra and sent up a smoke signal.........
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Reply By: Trekkie - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 23:02

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 23:02
Did you hear on the news several days ago, a small boat overturned 35kms off Busselton. Man & his son stayed with the overturned dingy set off their EPIRB and were rescued several hours later
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Follow Up By: Member - Geoff M (Newcastle) - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 00:03

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 00:03
Bloody radicals !!
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