Emergency Distress when out nowhere

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Emergency Distress when out nowhere

Post by DHN » 27 Mar 2019, 10:21 am

I am thinking about buying items for use in an emergency when out bushwalking or hunting, incase something bad happens like getting bitten by a snake or falling off a cliff.

Already have Gaitors to protect from snake bites and ticks.
I have a 2m by 2m Orange Tarp that can make it easier to find me. And a metalic mirror like tarp. Have a 5w CB Radio.

Thinking of getting a Personal Location Beacon (PLB) and maybe a satellite messaging device like a InReach mini.

Also thinking of buying 1 or 2 smoke flares, but not sure if it is legal to buy and posses smoke flares for purpose of potentially using in an emergency when out in the bush, such as making it easier for a helicopter to find you out in middle of nowhere.?

Anyone know if can take smoke flares? If limited to specific smoke flares?

Feel free to suggest some other useful devices/tools that are practical to carry and useful in such emergency situations (and which are hopefully legal to have/use).
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Re: Emergency Distress when out nowhere

Post by JSS » 27 Mar 2019, 11:38 am

I've got an ACR ResQlink plb that i take on my jetski if we're going out to one of the islands or doing long runs somewhere, they're nice & small and are good for peace of mind.
There are also handheld gps units available that you can send text messages from, every text you send has your gps location attached. A mate has one as part of his safety gear on his yacht & it works globally.
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Post by Blr243 » 27 Mar 2019, 12:51 pm

It’s been a while since I bought flares for my boat but there was no licenceing criteria at the time and I can’t imagine there is a warning sticker on the flare stating you must be in a boat to activate them .....an on land emergency is a genuine emergency
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Post by hzj80 » 27 Mar 2019, 1:02 pm

+1 for ACR ResQlink. My daughter calls it "the helicopter button".
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Post by No1_49er » 27 Mar 2019, 1:19 pm

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Post by hzj80 » 27 Mar 2019, 1:51 pm

No1_49er wrote:Or something like this: -
https://www.arnoldsboatshop.com.au/spot ... DAQAvD_BwE


Wow, that's cheap isn't it?
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Post by No1_49er » 27 Mar 2019, 3:19 pm

hzj80 wrote:
No1_49er wrote:Or something like this: -
https://www.arnoldsboatshop.com.au/spot ... DAQAvD_BwE


Wow, that's cheap isn't it?

And it seems to have pretty good capabilities, as well.
There really is no need, nowadays, to jack up the price of electronic equipment, of any sort, because of its "perceived" value.
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Re: Emergency Distress when out nowhere

Post by JimTom » 27 Mar 2019, 3:37 pm

Mate a PLB is a great idea, I carry one religiously when out and about. They are registered to you personally, so AusSAR know who and what they are looking for. I would recommend the PLB that sends GPS position so you are not relying on satellite triangulation. Beats the hell out of waiting for someone to notice you’re missing. As for flares, just go to a boating shop and get a pack of flares / smoke. No restrictions on buying them.
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Post by TassieTiger » 27 Mar 2019, 4:34 pm

I want to buy one of these but I don’t want the antis tracking my every step / movement in my special hunting locations... :sarcasm:
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Re: Emergency Distress when out nowhere

Post by JSS » 27 Mar 2019, 5:28 pm

TassieTiger wrote:I want to buy one of these but I don’t want the antis tracking my every step / movement in my special hunting locations... :sarcasm:


That's easily fixed Tas just get the "special" edition ones, they come with a very stylish tin foil hat :lol: :lol: :drinks:
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Re: Emergency Distress when out nowhere

Post by Roo farmer » 27 Mar 2019, 8:40 pm

Obviously you wouldn't care in an emergency, but how much does it cost you when you press the helicopter button?
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Re: Emergency Distress when out nowhere

Post by JimTom » 27 Mar 2019, 8:45 pm

Roo farmer wrote:Obviously you wouldn't care in an emergency, but how much does it cost you when you press the helicopter button?



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Re: Emergency Distress when out nowhere

Post by Bent Arrow » 27 Mar 2019, 9:05 pm

hzj80 wrote:
No1_49er wrote:Or something like this: -
https://www.arnoldsboatshop.com.au/spot ... DAQAvD_BwE


Wow, that's cheap isn't it?


I have a SPOT 3 and a PLB. Both are good, but cover very different needs. Be aware that with the SPOT, there is an annual subscription fee that you have to pay. From memory it was $315 last year. Unless you going to use it a lot for keeping in touch when it remote area, it's hard to justify, and arguably not the go to option for an "emergency" beacon. That's what the PLB is for.
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Re: Emergency Distress when out nowhere

Post by Baronvonrort » 27 Mar 2019, 9:25 pm

A PLB is good at least they will find your body if you die before a chopper arrives. :sarcasm:
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