Long summer in Grampians

HIKERS: Ararat’s Jack Taurau and Stawell’s Morgan Lang in the Grampians. Emergency services have warned hikers to be prepared this summer. Picture: AYESHA SEDGMANEMERGENCY services in the Grampians are preparing for a surge incalls for help as Halls Gap and the national park experiences an influx of visitors.
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It comes after a huge year for Grampians rescuers, with 38rescues reported, including a drowning in Lake Bellfield on December 14.In 2015, 16 rescues were reported.

On Thursday, a Melton woman, 49, was taken to Stawell hospital with a suspected broken ankle.

State Emergency Serviceoperation officer Greg Fry said the woman fell a metre, rolled her ankle and needed to be carried from the Pinnacle to Wonderland car park trail.

He said as touristnumbers increased in summer, so would the number of rescues.

“We see a rise in the school holidays generally,” he said.

“There are campers, families holidaying and with that sort of increase to the area, there tends to be a few more rescues.”

Mr Fry said emergency services were always prepared for incidents, especially during the peak holiday time.He said rain often resulted in an increase incalls for emergency services.

“Wet weather was a factor (in the most recent incident).The woman slipped and fell a couple of metres and rolled her ankle,” he said.

“People need to be aware of the conditions.They need to drive to the conditions when they head out to the Grampians and need to be prepared.

“Ensure you have the right equipment, food and water with you.It’s also important to bring torches and safety equipment.”

Stawell Sergeant Sandra Marriner called for people to consider how weather would have affected national park tracks before heading to the Grampians.

Halls Gap Sergeant Scott Olsen and Senior Constable Kellie Harris have previously told theMail-Timesan increase in people visiting the park hadincreased the number of rescues in 2016.

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