Mystery as rescue teams comb Fraser Island after ‘experienced hiker’ disappears on a tour
- Aerial and land surveys are underway after the 73-year-old hiker disappeared on a tour
- Wife was walking along the Great Walk of Fraser Island with husband and friends
- She was last seen around 3:30 pm on Thursday before not being shown at the end of the trail
- The group last heard from a woman via text message around 7:30 PM and searches were underway
- The police use all means – on foot, motorcycles, cars and helicopters
Emergency services search Fraser Island for an elderly woman who disappeared while hiking with her husband and friends.
The 73-year-old veteran hiker disappeared on a tour – trekking along the island’s Great Walk – and was last seen on Thursday at around 3:30 PM.
Since then, aerial and land investigations have begun – involving teams from Queensland Parks and Wildlife, search and rescue agents, trail bikes and SES volunteers.
Acting Patrol Inspector Brook Flood said the three people the woman was with retreated when they realized she didn’t show up at the end of the walkway.
The group last heard from the woman via text message around 7:30 pm on Thursday and her phone has since been turned off due to battery life.
The 73-year-old ‘experienced hiker’ disappeared on a guided tour – trekking along the island’s Great Walk (pictured) – and was last seen around 3:30 PM on Thursday.
Since then, aerial and land investigations have begun – involving teams from Queensland Parks and Wildlife, search and rescue agents, trail bikes and SES volunteers. Pictured: SES staff on an individual case of missing persons on Mt Disappointment
A search began shortly after the police were notified around 7 p.m. that a helicopter was ‘sweeping’ the area.
The search ended at 10 p.m. and resumed at 6 a.m. (on Friday). We have national parks and wildlife rangers who are quite skilled and familiar with Fraser Island, ‘Insp. Flood said.
“They assisted SES, search and rescue agents as well as police officers – and there are a whole bunch of resources and trail bikes out there.”
The woman would have a small amount of food and water on hand at the time of her disappearance.
She is also believed to be healthy and not suffering from any medical conditions.
“The better someone’s health, the better the chance of survival,” Insp. Flood said adding scrub sorting was “ always ” a challenge when looking for missing persons.
Acting Patrol Inspector Brook Flood said the teams involved in the search for the woman are “ SES, Search and Rescue Agents. ” Pictured: SES volunteers are working on a different case
‘That’s why we use all available methods. Trail bikes are a fantastic resource and are often successful in tracking down missing persons, so we have people on foot, on motorcycles, cars and helicopters.
“We use all possible means.”
Jane Needham, who runs a walking tour company on Fraser Island, said ABC she was shocked that the woman was missing on a tour.
However, she pointed out that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the paths were overgrown with bushes.
“The Valley of the Giants is an area that is very densely forested and the hiking trails in that area have not been maintained,” she said.
“The paths are not in good condition… there are a lot of trees down.”