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ResQLink 400 Saves Man from A Venomous Hike
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ResQLink 400 Saves Man from A Venomous Hike

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Posted on June 24, 2022 by Ben

What happened?

I was hiking in the Lower Glenelg national park in remote south west Victoria (Australia) on a hot, sunny and snaky day. Dense forest borders the beautiful Glenelg river in this part of the state and I was thoroughly enjoying reconnecting with nature on a 2 day overnight trek.

After a brief period of bush bashing I stopped for lunch with 10 kilometres of track to walk until my car. I noticed some dirt on the back of my right calf while doing yoga and when I went to clean it I realised it was dried blood.

I tried to find the source of bleeding, cleaning the area thoroughly, and discovered a 1 mm x 1 mm puncture wound on my calf, oozing blood. I am a doctor by training and have treated several patients with snake bites before. I reasoned that the bite was either a leech or a snake. It was hot and I hadn’t seen a single leech the entire hike, and the wound also looked different to previous leech bites I have had while hiking. With this information, and given how many snakes are found in this part of Victoria, I decided I had to treat the wound as a snake bite.

I applied a compression bandage and activated my ResQLink PLB and waited for help to arrive.

Thankfully, I remained well and help arrived 3 hours later. I was transported to a local hospital to have blood tests and monitoring for potential envenomation. Blood tests revealed some muscle damage and a borderline clotting profile that improved over the course of 24 hours.

Ben in the Ambulance

I am grateful to have been able to be safe in such a potentially fatal situation. Walking with a snakebite in such a remote spot could easily mean death.

Words of wisdom

Be prepared for snake bites when walking in the Australian bush.

Thank you note

Thank ACR for providing equipment that allows me to explore beautiful, remote areas with peace of mind that if something goes wrong I can get help.

Rescue location

W6R5+HV Nelson VIC, Australia

Rescue team

Local Search and Rescue

ResQLink™ 400

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$339.95

Small but resilient, the ResQLink 400 has been professionally engineered and tested to ensure it can withstand even the harshest elements. This buoyant Personal Locator Beacon requires no subscription for use and can be utilized to enhance your safety in a wide variety of environments. Whether on land, at sea, or in the air, trust that the ResQLink’s satellite precision and military durability, put rescue in the palm of your hands.

 

Features and Benefits:

  • No Subscription Required
  • GPS and Galileo GNSS
  • Built-In Buoyancy
  • Strobe and Infrared Strobe
  • Global Coverage
  • MEOSAR Compatible
  • Small and lightweight
  • 5-year battery life
  • 24+ hours Operational Life**
  • Multi-function Clip System Included
**Based on test report from an accredited laboratory   WARNING: PROP 65   
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