Emergency app helps SES find people in trouble on peak

A MT Larcom hiker lost just over a week ago who complained mostly of mosquito attack is at the lower end of the scale for rescues by Gladstone SES members.

Local controller Doug Savage said while it was quite a rare event to be called to a rescue operation on the local peak, with only about two incidents in the past 12 months he could recall, he said the majority of problems on Mt Larcom arose with people taking a stumble on the way to and from the summit.

"It's not very often we get a call out on the mountain," he said. "Usually somebody falls over and hurts themselves."

He said the most common error people made tackling the mountain was when they left the designated tracks, losing their bearings and requiring assistance.

However, Mr Savage did have a few tips for people to prepare themselves before embarking on a trek up the mountain.

"There's an app for your smartphone called Emergency plus," he said. "It's a GPS-device which gives us their exact GPS position.

"If they give us that position and stay put, it makes our job a lot easier."

Emergency Plus is available for free on iTunes and Google Play.



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