Emergency sparks search of property
THEIR search for the two passengers of the light aircraft eventually proved to be futile but that didn’t matter to Matt and Nicole Harrold.
Search lights from the rescue helicopter lit up their 1011ha (2500 acre) Warrigal property in the very early hours of yesterday morning, seeking any indication of the fated pilot and passenger.
Unknowingly, their homestead had registered on the search party’s radar and an early morning phone call delivered the news two men were missing.
At first light, Matt and Nicole, with their mother Jodi, asked what they could do.
“Their father said to them they might not find anything, which is true, but they just said that if it was their dad or someone they knew, they’d want everyone to do what they could,” Jodi said.
The only way possible to search the rugged Sandhurst Creek was by foot or horseback, and given the breadth of the potential search area, they mounted up, gathered a few supplies and set out, leaving Jodi waiting for news.
“They took with them water and some lollies in case they found something and they could do something to help them out,” Jodi said.
“Their dad and grandfather have taught them to be quite smart about their searches, and they know what to look for like birds circling and cattle who seem more interested in a particular area.
“Also, their horses will start to get a bit jittery if something is wrong, and they took the dogs with them so that might help.
“But there’s no real way we can know for sure, and it’s nearly impossible to search every inch of the Sandhurst Creek.”