Third time lost costly

Police warning after high country road accidents

A MELBOURNE man has cost taxpayers almost $100,000 and Alpine emergency services countless hours of wasted resources when he was rescued for the third time in two years last week.

The Prahran man, 66, contacted 000 just after midday on Thursday stating that he was dehydrated, had hit his head and was lost, despite giving GPS coordinates of his location.

An air ambulance was sent to his location in the Viking Wilderness Area at Wonnangatta where he was winched to safety at 4.20pm before being taken to Mansfield.

Senior Sergeant Doug Incoll of Bright police said it was frustrating to have to coordinate a rescue for a person who had gotten themselves into the same trouble for a third time.

“The air ambulance probably costs in the vicinity of $10,000 per hour so you’re looking at about $30,000 each time,” he said.

“Parallel to that we needed to have ground crews on standby, SES and police ready to walk in on foot just in case the helicopter couldn’t find him or winch him up… it’s a fair logistic exercise so we’re not real impressed.

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