Search in 5th day

Friday 9:00 am. The search for the missing campers, Caleb Forbes and Shannon Lowden, has resumed. The Police, SES and other local volunteers with suitable experience and knowledge will revisit areas between Rawson and the Thomson Dam looking for signs that a vehicle may have left the road. Police are hopeful that the pair will have remained with their vehicle and thus had some shelter during the cold nights.
Weather conditions are expected to be good for most of the day.
The area being searched is laced with very steep and often poorly maintained tracks. Many descend down to and cross rivers which can be unexpectedly deep and difficult to exit.
Photo: Emergency Services vehicles outside the Rawson Police Station base.

Search Continues

Wednesday 9:00 am. Helicopters, horses, motorcycles and a variety of vehicles have joined the search for missing campers Caleb Forbes, 22, from Kilsyth, and Shannon Lowden, 21, from Lilydale. The pair told family members they were intending to camp Friday night near the Thomson Dam, north of Erica and Rawson, but have not made contact since Saturday morning.

SES, Police and other experienced volunteers are assisting in the search which will today concentrate on areas north of the Thomson Dam.   With clear skies, excellent visibility and warmer temperatures expected today, searchers will be able to check large areas of new bush and pay particular attention to flooded creeks and crossings.

Police have asked that anybody wishing to join the operation should contact Warragul Police on 5622 7111 before travelling to the search area.

Wednesday 6:00 pm. Dusk. Searchers are returning to Rawson, apparently without any success. Ambulances and other vehicles are departing for their bases.

Picture:  Missing campers Shannon and Caleb (from facebook)

Shannon Lowden and Caleb Forbes

Thursday 8:00 am. Today the search will concentrate on the area around Aberfeldy and to the East of the Thomson Dam.


Search for lost campers

Police and SES volunteers are searching in the Rawson and Thomson Dam areas for two campers who have been reported as overdue. The pair, both in their early 20’s were travelling in a 4WD and were reported missing by family on Sunday.
Update: as at Tuesday 6:00 pm there was no indication that the search had been successful, and no vehicles remained at the Rawson base.
Photo: Searcher’s vehicles parked at Rawson

‘Save ECFCOM’ meeting 15 October

Baw Baw Shire have arranged an open meeting to discuss whether a new ECFCOM (Erica Community Facilities Committee of Management) can be formed. The meeting will be in the Erica Public Hall at 6:30 pm on Tuesday 15 October. Everybody with an interest in the control and maintenance of their community’s local facilities is encouraged to attend. Continue reading “‘Save ECFCOM’ meeting 15 October”