An exercise to test response was organised as part of the ongoing training of the Search and Rescue (SAR) team.
The scenario – two expeditioners left the station without going through the proper procedure and nobody knew of their departure or destination. Whilst out in the field, expeditioner number one was looking at penguins and fell down an embankment (there was some evidence to suggest he was pushed by a penguin, but this could not be substantiated). Expeditioner number two left the scene to go and get help – he raised the alarm, but could only supply minimal information before his radio battery went flat.
The SAR team was quick to respond and located expeditioner number two first - he was suffering from mild hypothermia, but was otherwise unharmed. He was treated at the scene and loaded into a Hagglunds for transport back to Casey.
A short time later, expeditioner number one was located lying in a gully at the bottom of an embankment – he had sustained spinal injuries and a fractured wrist. With the aid of the station doctor, he was stabilised and placed onto a stretcher before being carried back to the SAR Hagglunds for transport back to Casey.
Once in the treatment rooms he made a miraculous recovery! All in all, a successful training exercise.
'This Week at Casey' will take an break next week and return after Easter.