Rising river strands walkers

Written By miftah nugraha on Senin, 29 April 2013 | 19.55

The Gordon River crossing on the Lake Rhona track in more favourable weather conditions. Pictures: DAVID KILLICK

POLICE have warned bushwalkers to be better prepared for adverse weather after two rescues from a popular walking track.

The Westpac Police Rescue Helicopter was sent out today and on Saturday to rescue groups unable to complete the walk back from Lake Rhona, north of Maydena.

Access to the area is via a fallen log over the Gordon River and heavy rainfall has made the crossing impassable on foot.

On Saturday, the rescue helicopter was dispatched to pick up four walkers stranded at the crossing.

The second group was rescued today after one of their number swam across the swollen river to raise the alarm.

A police spokesman said the rescues were a reminder to people attempting the walk that they should take adequate provisions and be prepared to wait for the river level to fall, which could take several days.

"There may be times when Police Search and Rescue ... is unable to reach this area, particularly with inclement weather over the winter months," the spokesman said.

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