Mongamula fire trail (bendeathra)

Submitted: Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 12:50
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Drove the loop track yesterday (did not go in to bendeathra) came in from Moruya on to Mongamula fire trail & out via snowball saw no one but came across new Toyota prado bogged in the deua river, keys in the ignition, unlocked, but NO body about, drove around the vehicle no problem, honked the horn, yelled etc, NO Body, so rang (sat phone) & reported it, was asked to tow it out & park it if possible so it was not blocking access to others, still No one around,we wasted some more time looking about & still no one & then drove out did not see anybody. Found out this morning that they walked out & did not stick to the track, Why didn't they just leave a note, We did using there Pen & note book.
If we don't get a call & a sorry for the time/money/effort/ frozen feet (walking in the river) i will post who they are as a shame file & it was not even that bogged i put in low from high & rocked it out & drove it straight out
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Reply By: Life Member - esarby (NSW) - Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 13:00

Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 13:00
Vince. Sounds like a joy rider. Who knows.

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Follow Up By: Member - Vince M (NSW) - Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 15:40

Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 15:40
No, The 38year old owner from the ACT has now rung me & apologised & has arranged to have it brought out today by a local. (hope its not striped) told me they just got so frustrated with it & no one new where they were & did not believe any body else would come thru until the following weekend so they headed off.

After talking with him I understand the way they went out, he new the area well as a bush walker & headed to a farm which he new was occupied they both must be a fit bastard's & arrived there @ 10.30pm, He's told me I won't have to worry about them travelling by 4wd as it was agreed on the walk out that if they got it back it was 4sale & they would go by foot as they had for the past 18years & apologized again saying he didn't think he was so stupid to have left it without a note, but frustrated, & everything running thru he's head he set there goal & headed off, he had a epirb with him but this was not the time to use it, but is now going to buy a Spot2 & all ways leave a note if he ever finds himself in the same situation
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Follow Up By: Mr Pointyhead - Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 17:02

Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 17:02
If you talk to him again suggest he join a 4x4 club. He may actually enjoy it then

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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 14:41

Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 14:41
Hi Vince

Sounds like another tragic story from over here in SA a number of years ago. Overseas tourists in a rented Troopy left William Creek and headed out to Halligan Bay. No one took any details of when or where they were heading for.

Troopy got bogged in soft sand and they both walked off with lots of water back towards William Creek. The male had a hard time, so he walked back to the bogged Troopy, while the lady walk on.

She was found dead, while the male was found alive in the vehicle with still lots of water. The first thing that the Police did, was engage the front hubs, put it into four wheel drive and drove straight out of the soft sand.

That was one death that never should have happened and the people in the Prado could have ended up the same.


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Follow Up By: Member - Vince M (NSW) - Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 15:46

Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 15:46
I remember that, from memory it was the wrong time of year to travel (summer ?). in this case both are safe & well, Hope my sat bill is not to much
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Follow Up By: Time - Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 16:56

Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 16:56
Check the story here

December 1998, they had indeed left their travel details with the William Creek Hotel, but a series of tragic mistakes led to their not being "missed".
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Follow Up By: Outback Gazz - Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 18:25

Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 18:25
What about the German couple who hired a 4WD in W.A. a few years ago and managed to get it bogged somewhere remote. They rang 000 and the local police officer drove a few hours to reach them and when he got there he engaged 4WD and drove it straight out ! He asked them why didn't they use 4WD and the male replied " I pressed the All Conditions button but it didn't help" ( he's pressed the air conditioner button ) I think thats made it clear why they didn't win the war !!!

Happy travelling - and don't forget to lock your hubs !!

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