POLICE have issued a warning to bushwalkers in the Kosciuszko National Park after rescuing a man who went on a three day trek carrying only potatoes and naan bread in his pack.
NSW Police Force Rescue and Bomb Disposal Unit Commander Brenton Charlton said it was a timely reminder of the dangers of bushwalking, particularly during the summer months, when heat exhaustion and dehydration could happen to even the most experienced bushwalkers.
"Making use of available technology such as the Personal Locator Beacon, together with some common sense trip preparation, could mean the difference between life or death," Commander Charlton said.
"Getting the basics right with trekking is so easy - all people have to do is notify the police or other responsible person of their trip intention and carry a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)."
Commander Charlton said the 29-year-old man was issued at $500 infringement notice for engaging in an activity that risked the safety of self and or others. The fine was issued under the National Parks and Wildlife Regulations of 2009.
Police helicopters along with volunteers from the NSW Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) and the SES assisted in the search for the bushwalker when he failed to arrive on Saturday after trekking alone in the Blue Mountains.
Police helicopter Polair 1 found the man in the Wolgan Valley while its sister craft Polair 3 winched him to safety.
The man suffered a minor ankle injury but refused treatment.
"We believed the 29-year-old placed himself and the search teams at risk through his lack of planning and preparation, and through carrying inadequate provisions," Inspector Charlton said.
Police also allege the bushwalker's intended route, through remote terrain, would have been extremely difficult to complete safely and would have taken much longer than he had estimated.