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Meekatharra police search for two prospectors reported missing after failing to return to their camp

Jessica MoroneyMidwest Times
Police in the Mid West  Gascoyne District are conducting a land search operation near Meekatharra for a missing 83-year-old male prospector, who was last seen yesterday, Saturday 7 August 2021.
Camera IconPolice in the Mid West Gascoyne District are conducting a land search operation near Meekatharra for a missing 83-year-old male prospector, who was last seen yesterday, Saturday 7 August 2021. Credit: Supplied/WA Police

Two prospectors reported missing in Meekatharra on Sunday night after failing to return home had become stranded after their vehicle had two flat tyres.

Police were notified by a concerned camp supervisor when two members of the crew had not returned at the planned time.

Mid West-Gascoyne Police District Superintendent Steve Post said police travelled 100km north of Meekatharra to start a search in that area throughout the night.

“Two prospectors had indicated to the camp supervisor that they would be back at sunset but they didn’t return,” he said.

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“Fortunately, it came to pass that they had got two flat tyres and wanted to stay where they were with their vehicle.”

Supt Post said the family were made aware and a further police search was not required.

He said the two men were sheltering in their vehicle and there were no concerns for their health.

“We ask that people carry an EPIRB, flares, an ability to make a fire so there is a heat source,” he said.

“It is very satisfying for us to find people alive and have successful operations, and I have to acknowledge the efforts of the police officers who were out on the ground.”

Supt Post said the safety message for those trekking in the bushland was to keep your vehicle in sight.

“Please stay with your vehicle, we will always be able to find you if you stay with your vehicle. It provides that shelter and hopefully you have supplies in the vehicle,” he said.

“Walking around in those kind of conditions makes it very difficult for us and very perilous for you.”

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