RATS Practice Rescue in Cold Snowing Conditions
Saturday the 5th of July brought cold weather to most of New Zealand and having once already postponed an Incline Rescue exercise James decided to get it out of the way. Geoff was given the task of organizing the team at our base in Sockburn while James went up onto the Summit Road above Sumner with his casualties and to meet Graham from the dog team.
On arrival at the Summit Road snow was falling lightly but was coming in horizontal with the wind. Because of this we decided not to place the casualties until the rest of the team arrived.
The team arrived at 1015 with the weather conditions worsening. James and Graham went and placed our casualties. Andrea and Rachel were place together about 50m down the slope while Sean was further down the slope. While this was being done Geoff got the team setting up a picket anchor system and some lines so they could locate and assess the casualties. Sharon and Bronwyn were sent down first and located Andrea and Rachel quickly. They reported back that another casualty, Sean, was not with them and requested Graham and his dog, Tala, to search for Sean.
The roadside team used our Rescue Mate 4:1 hauling system to help with getting the stretcher back to the road.