On Friday afternoon June 2, a 47-year-old female from Chinchilla had become lost and bogged her vehicle in thick bushland and forestry near Weranga. Tara Police coordinated a search and rescue operation.
Tara State Emergency Service (SES) were quickly into action to assist with the search. The Careflight Helicopter was also utilised and the woman was located at approximately 10:30pm that night by the helicopter.
SES crews attempted to reach the woman by road but due to the nature of the terrain and thick bushland rescue crews were unable to and she had to spend a night in the cold until daylight the following morning.
Staff from Shell’s Queensland Gas Company (QGC) assisted in retrieving the woman the next morning and she was transported to the Ruby Jo facility and treated by a QGC nurse and given the all clear.
The lady stated she had just kept following Google maps believing it would get her out of the area, only to find herself disorientated, out of phone service and with vehicle problems. Remaining with her vehicle was the best thing she could have done to enable a quick recovery and provided her shelter during the night.
The assistance of QGC, Careflight and the SES was greatly appreciated.
Anyone wanting to assist in these types of activities is encourage to contact their local SES and become a member. https://www.qld.gov.au/emergency/volunteering-jobs/volunteering-ses.html