A man has been treated in the Royal Hobart Hospital after a bushwalking mishap in the state’s southwest over the weekend.
The 72-year-old injured his knee on a hike from Port Davey to Melaleuca.
His group activated an emergency beacon which resulted in a speedy airlift.
Police say it’s a timely reminder for hikers to ensure they’re prepared with up-to-date equipment.
“The bushwalking group was experienced and well prepared with sufficient food, shelter and equipment, including a working PLB, which enabled the man to be quickly located and transported to hospital,” Constable Phil Vanderwal said.
The remaining two members of the bushwalking group continued their hike to Melaleuca.
“As we get head into summer it’s important for everyone to remember to be prepared, with up-to-date equipment,” said Constable Vanderwal.
“It’s also timely to remember that activating your PLB triggers an immediate response as an emergency situation. People who activate a PLB should also make every effort to be ready, and if possible, signal to rescuers when they arrive.”