Multi agency rescue near Mt Hotham

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CFA crews have worked in treacherous terrain to rescue two occupants from a vehicle, after it came off the road and fell approximately 15 metres down a steep cliff.


Emergency services were called just after 10:30am on Friday 22 April to reports of a vehicle accident at Blue Rag Range Track on Mt Selwyn, between Mt Hotham and Dargo.

CFA Commander Trevor Ebbels said they received reports that two people were in the four-wheel drive.

“When crews arrived, one person had managed to get out while another appeared trapped,’ said Commander Ebbels.

“It is extremely steep country and the vehicle had come to rest against a tree about 15 metres downhill from the road.

“A rescue response was quickly organised which involved high angle rescue teams coming together to free that person from the car and have them transported via air ambulance to hospital."

Commander Ebbels praised the work of the CFA members on scene and said this was another example of the various emergency agencies working as one in difficult circumstances.

“We had North East Tech Rescue there which is made up of Mt Beauty brigade, Bright SES, and FRV from Wangaratta, while Ambulance Victoria and Victoria Police were also on scene.

“The area in the Alpine National Park is extremely steep, making it very a challenging scene for emergency services, as well as becoming quite cold in that area at this time of year.”



Submitted by CFA Media