Just wondering are UK staklers and hill walkers outdoor people behind the times when it comes to carrying PLB's and satelite tracker devices?
Been a few tragic deaths in the hills this winter as there will be most winters really, and with that young keeper having a bit of a kucky escape (well lucky he was well prepared and kept his head).
But when u see the ammount of man hours and risk the local volanteer Mountain rescue teams are putting in to find them.
In any rescue situation if u had a PLB the rescue teams or helicopter could pinpoint where u were exactly and save them a lot of searching, just got to resue u then.
Tragically 2 walkers dies sort of near me recently, know the area fairly well and for all it will look totally different when fog or a whiteout conditions its a reasonably well populated area ith a lot of proper hill roads and quad tracks over the hils, i would bet if they pushed the button the MRT could probably have drove there 4x4 with a mile of them if not closer.
Same with the young keeper, bet his head keeper could of drove his skidoo out to the break down and gave him a lift home and dragged the broken 1 back for repairs, would not of taken long if he knew where he was and was broken down. Prob wouldnae have needed the MRT involvement
I was lucky enough to be in NZ a few years ago and done a bit of fishing, hunting and walking with some kiwi mates. There not the most sensible or H&S aware yet always take a PLB everytime they go bush even when fairly close to home.
Met some other lads, friends of my mates, the most red neck bunch of folk i've ever met, great lads thou, yet they all routinely carry a PLB all the time. 1 lad had a pouch sown on his pig sticking belt next his his knife for it.
When u go to rural NZ almost ever small shop, petrol station is hiring them out for a not a lot of money.
Is there a reason why they haven't caught on in UK?
Is there also a reason why MRT spokes people are not pushing them more?
Been in papers and on radio a bit but i've never heard them mentioned. Even when u get the usual H&S nutters/tabloids trying to ban folk from going out in the hills never heard anyone mention them either
Seema complete no brainer to me.
I'm bad for moaning abot stupid meaningless tickets but cannot understand how PLB's are not needed instead of a 1st aid ticket, i know which 1 will probably save more lifes