Tasmanian News

Walkers urged to stay in touch


Police are using the plight of a man, stranded in the Tasmanian wilderness for two days, to stress the need for bushwalkers to carry communications gear.

The 62-year-old German had collapsed on the South Coast track near Cox Bight and was forced to waited for help before a Victorian walking party found him.

They alerted authorities at about 1pm yesterday and the man, who has a medical condition, was airlifted to the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Police say it's impossible to tell how the man would've fared, had the Victorian bushwalkers not found him, and urge all bushwalkers to take a personal location beacon (PLB), satellite phone, or both.