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THREDBO LANDSLIDE - PART 6 OF 10 OF OUR ONGOING SERIES ON THE NSW POLICE RESCUE & BOMB DISPOSAL UNIT
This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Thredbo Landslide. Shortly before midnight on Wednesday 30 July 1997, the sleepy alpine village of Thredbo in the state’s south was woken by a massive landslide which destroyed two lodges accommodating 19 people.  
 
Police Rescue operators from across the state, together with other NSW and interstate rescue agencies, were deployed to the scene.
 
Whilst locating possible survivors was a priority, the extremely dangerous conditions faced by rescue personnel could not be underestimated.  
 
Confronting rescue crews was the risk of further landslides, uneven rubble, leaking sewage and constant running water. Rescue operators also risked being affected by hyperthermia and frost bite in the wintery sub-zero temperatures.  
 
Beyond all odds, on day four of the operation, a man was found alive, bolstering the spirits of all involved.
 
Sadly, no further survivors were located. The rescue and recovery operation took nine days, with the last victim recovered just before a major snowstorm closed the site down for weeks.
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Posted on: July 26, 2022, 11:48 am
Post ID: 1690

Snowy Weather

Location Min Max

Jindabyne

3

10

Thredbo

-5

-1

Perisher

-4

1

Falls Creek

-2

-

Hotham

-2

-

Mt. Buller

-1

-

Chance of Snow

80% at 1800m

60% at 1400m

Below 5% at 1000m

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