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searh and rescue techNEW technology will be used to help the State Emergency Service rescue people in Far North Queensland following a successful trial at the weekend.

About 60 volunteers were involved in the exercise, which focused on the Bones Knob area near Tolga on the Atherton Tablelands on Saturday and yesterday.

The location was chosen in the hope the new equipment, which included Land Search and Rescue Beacons, would shed light on the disappearance of, Heldagard (Leah) Falkenberg, who went missing in 2010.

A coronial hearing found she is likely deceased.

SES Far Northern regional director Wayne Coutts said while some bone fragments were found, they were likely to have come from animals.

“A number of items have been given to the police and they’ll deal with that,” he said.

“The main focus was to test the new equipment and new procedures.”

Senior Sergeant Jeff Magnus, Inspector Rolf Straatemeier and SES area co-ordinator Peter Rinaudo is pictured here with the maps of the search area and one of the beacon prototypes. To read more click here.

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