Hikers warned after recent emergencies

Safety first: Dwellingup Police Sergeant Dave Harnett has advised hikers to carry a personal locator beacon and not to rely on phone reception. Photo: Carla Hildebrandt.
Safety first: Dwellingup Police Sergeant Dave Harnett has advised hikers to carry a personal locator beacon and not to rely on phone reception. Photo: Carla Hildebrandt.

The Dwellingup Police officer in charge has advised hikers to carry personal location devices after three people suffered complications or injuries in the past month walking on nearby trails.

Dwellingup Police Sergeant Dave Harnett said some people did not adequately prepare before hiking.

“They have provisions, a first aid kit and a mobile phone – but the reception between here and Collie is extremely patchy,” he said. 

“If they are in a black spot and get injured, there is no mobile phone coverage – it can’t be relied on.”

Sergeant Harnett said a man who was camping at Maranup campgrounds last week became lost on a walk and had to be rescued. 

If that was a 40 degree day it would have been catastrophic.

Dwellingup Police Sergeant Dave Harnett

“Luckily he was able to contact us and say he was on the train line,” he said.

“He had been wandering around for a couple of hours and had no water. If that was a 40 degree day it would have been catastrophic.”