PLB does the job

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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 22:43

Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 22:43
Nice for an occasional situation to confirm the system works like it should.
Hopefully it turns out to be something more serious than a good sand bogging, expect this might be the case after all the wet over there.
Shows how important it is to carry some extra food and water rations.
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Follow Up By: IvanTheTerrible - Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 at 10:04

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 at 10:04
We did the Gary late last week and it was bone dry but the day latter we were hit with a large thunderstorm on the Gunbarrel
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 at 10:10

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 at 10:10
Thought it might have been Gary Hwy, haven't been over there (yet) but Google Earth sat view looked very similar and about the reported 300km NW of Warburton.

Yes, it can turn to a shipstorm when you're out there too, doesn't have to be pre trip weather . . . you just have to cope if it rains when travelling, and appears this is just a situation that simply developed.

The updated news pics shows a lot of digging around the vehicle, so looks like a decent chassis deep mud bogging, and the missus is pregnant apparently, so the PLB was well worth reaching for.

They were taken by the long range chopper to Broome Hospital yesterday (Saturday), released last night.
Now, how to get back there and recover the vehicle ??
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 23:05

Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 23:05
The link does not work for me (Firefox on Win 10.)
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 23:11

Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 23:11
Same here Peter, it is not a complete link.



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Follow Up By: rocco2010 - Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 23:14

Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 23:14
Try Copying the whole link and paste it into your browser. Sorry but there's a glitch somewhere

Here's the guts of the story

A search plane has spotted a couple’s vehicle just hours after an emergency beacon was activated in WA’s far north-east.
The personal locator beacon (PBL) was activated in the Gibson Desert on Friday afternoon, with a search plane deployed from Kalgoorlie.
According to police, the plane spotted what’s believed to be a Toyota LandCruiser heavily bogged in a remote area more than 300 kilometres north-west of Warburton.

“A man and a woman were seen with the vehicle and they have set up a camp,” a police spokesperson said.
“Both appear to be in good health.”
A recovery plan is being put in place by police, using information provided by the pilot.
Rescue teams aren’t expected to reach the stranded couple until at least Saturday.


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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 23:20

Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 23:20
Usually I highlight those incomplete links, right click on them and select "open in new tab" and it works. Your link does not. If you use the link button below the text insertion box the links usually work properly.
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Follow Up By: rocco2010 - Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 23:26

Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 23:26
My apologies
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 23:45

Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 23:45
Yes the old farts are correct you should have used the link menu at the bottom - but then you did say in the original post to copy the entire link which I did and it works fine.
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Follow Up By: Gramps - Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 23:48

Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 23:48
Hahaha this old fart did exactly what the OP instructed and agree with garrycol. It worked perfectly.

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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 23:52

Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 23:52
Me Three!

Perhaps the pedantic ones could spend time writing an article on how to do it, rather than berating everyone.

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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 at 00:05

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 at 00:05
Try this

WA Rescue - PLB activated
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Follow Up By: Hugh K3 - Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 at 14:45

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 at 14:45
Works for me using Firefox
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Reply By: Michael H9 - Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 at 06:19

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 at 06:19
Waiting for that site to load is like watching grass grow. I wonder how many ads you can stuff into every nook and cranny?
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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 at 10:59

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 at 10:59
Michael, try loading AdBlock Plus
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Reply By: 9900Eagle - Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 at 12:15

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 at 12:15
This is a good story of a plb working the way it was meant to.

Link.

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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 at 10:19

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 at 10:19
Indeed a good PLB story, as was this Gibson Desert one.

The $150 cost in the ABC story link is a little outdated now . . . the best compact unit PLB I could find when purchasing mine about a year ago was from Arnolds Boat shop, the KTI PLB for $244 now.

EPIRBS (usually used for boating) are larger in size, but may be cheaper
What one you buy depends on what you want to use it for . . . I like taking mine bushwalking, and then it lives in the Ranger glovebox for trips.
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Reply By: Member BarryG - Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 at 12:06

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 at 12:06
Wow!
I'm heading up towards next week but won't be in that area till about the third week of May.
Can anybody tell me (or tell me how to get) the co-ordinates of their location?
From the info one of the rescue screen grabs, it looks like they were well off the Gary Highway, but not sure if I'm reading that info correctly.
Barry

Edit:
Found another screen grab on the AMSA FB page. It shows "target" at 24 deg 21 min 2 sec S, 125 deg 6 min 34 sec S. This puts them quite near the junction of the Gary Highway and the Eagle Highway, but about 1km SE.
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