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missing logan manThe clock is ticking for a 58-year-old man lost in rugged bushland west of the Gold Coast, with authorities saying he can probably survive only another four days.

The man called triple-0 for help on Saturday night after becoming lost while on what should have been a 10-hour hike to Running Creek Falls in the Lamington National Park as reported by the Gold Coast Bulletin.

Rescue crews first set out on Sunday morning, reasonably confident they knew where the man was after tracking his phone, but were unable to find him. His mobile phone battery has now gone flat.

So far the extensive search, which has included four helicopters, has covered parts of the Border Ranges National Park along the NSW-Queensland border, as well as parts of Lamington National Park, with a focus on the area of the Running Creek Falls walking track.

Last night, a helicopter with thermal imaging equipment was flying over the area in the hope of detecting the man’s body heat.

The bushwalker was holidaying at Rimfall Holiday Cottages at Mount Gipps with family from Logan.

The owner, Jan Drynan, said the man’s family were “quite distressed” and were dealing with “a very difficult situation”.

Inspector Michael Dowdy said a trained search and rescue co-ordinator had spoken to the man on Saturday night.

“He gave a description of where he was and we asked him what his comfort was like, what he was wearing,” said Insp Dowdy. To read more click here.

The duration of survival without food is greatly influenced by factors such as body weight, genetic variation, other health considerations and, most importantly, the presence or absence of dehydration.

For total starvation in healthy individuals receiving adequate hydration, reliable data on survival are hard to obtain. At the age of 74 and already slight of build, Mahatma Gandhi, the famous nonviolent campaigner for India’s independence, survived 21 days of total starvation while only allowing himself sips of water.

Paul LuckinDr Paul Luckin, Medical Consultant, SAR Training Australia will be speaking at the 2016 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference (ANZSAR); Land, Sea & Air to be held on 1st June 2016 on ‘Time frames for survival; Medical factors affecting survival in SAR operations‘.

How long a missing person might survive, the Time Frame For Survival (TFFS), is a vital element of the planning and conduct of many SAR operations. The TFFS is a complex matrix of the individual’s physical characteristics, physiology, medical history and condition, and the environmental conditions. To read more click here.

The 2016 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference (ANZSAR); Land, Sea & Air will be held at the Jupiters Hotel, Gold Coast next week on the 1 June 2016.

CLICK HERE to view the Conference Program with an impressive line up of keynote speakers and targeted forums it makes this the premier conference to attend in the Oceania region.

To register for the conference CLICK HERE.



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