| 12.07,09. 11:58 AM |
Joy as families found alive and well
July 12, 2009 10:55am
TWO separate families spent a very cold night outdoors after getting lost in bush on Saturday.
A family of eight, which included a one-year-old infant and four other children of various ages, had to be rescued after getting lost bushwalking near Springwood in the Blue Mountains.
An extensive search including local police, police dog squad officers and the ambulance rescue helicopter eventually located the family around 5.40am near the Magdala Creek. All were safe and well.
Rescuers were able to walk the group out of bushland early this morning.
Meanwhile, there were emotional scenes after a mother was reunited with her 10-year-old daughter and husband, 39, who had become lost during a canoe trip down the Georges River.
The father and daughter, from Leumeah, spent the night on a rock ledge near Kentlyn after they were reported missing by family members after failing to appear at their agreed meeting place at Ingleburn weir around 9pm on Saturday evening.
An aerial search was initially hampered by thick fog, and the area's close proximity to the Holsworthy Army base firing range.
The pair was spotted sheltering on the rock ledge by Polair during evening but could not be winched to safety until about 7.30am today.
They were dropped off in a nearby field where they were met by the girl’s very worried mother, and taken to hospital by road ambulance, believed to be suffering mild hypothermia.
Defence Force and State Emergency Service personnel also assisted in the search.
The two incidents come as a search continues for English backpacker Jamie Neale, 19, who has been missing since July 2. He was last seen at a Katoomba youth hostel.
Police urge anyone planning a bushwalk in the Blue Mountains area to register their details at Springwood or Katoomba Police Station, or at National Parks offices, where personal locator beacons can be obtained for the trip, free of charge.