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    Saturday 20th July 2013

    Toronto Sun Canada. Read more...
    Search ends for Canadian missing in Australia mountains: reports
    Australia's ABC News reported Saturday that the snowy season had begun in the area and the family and volunteers were stopping their search.
    On Monday, a post on the Facebook page Help Find Prabh Srawn was still asking for experienced hikers and bushwalkers.
    The family had also offered a $100,000 reward to anyone who found him.



    Sunday 21st July 2013

    The Spec Canada. Read Moe...
    Search for missing Prabhdeep Srawn continues, family says
    Srawn's family continued to search after Australian officials ceased search operations at the end of May and members of the Canadian Forces spent two weeks in June searching the mountain area.
    Australia's ABC News reported Saturday that the snowy season had begun in the area and the family and volunteers were stopping their search. But contrary to the Australian media reports, the search has apparently not been called off by his family.






    STILL HOPING: Mandeep Srawn, sister of missing bushwalker Prabhdeep, says the family has launched its own search for her brother. Source: Supplied Courier Mail

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    Friday August 2nd 2013

    CBC news Canada. Read More...
    Family of missing Canadian hiker returns from Australia
    The family of Prabhdeep Srawn, an Ontario man who went missing in Australia, has returned to Canada because of visa restrictions.
    "The family is only back because of visa restrictions," tweeted Dr. Tej Sahota, who is married to Srawn's cousin. "They have not given up hope or the search."
    "Many of the hikers and rescue workers, upwards of 30, have indicated that once the winter passes, they will help out and rejoin the search." The family has been holding out hope that he could be found alive because of special cold weather military training.

    Sydney Morning Herald Australia. Read More...
    Lost Canadian hiker's family stop search due to 'visa restrictions'
    The family of a Canadian hiker who went missing in the Snowy Mountains in May have left Australia, citing visa restrictions, after spending more than two months searching without success.
    “Many of the hikers and rescue workers, upwards of 30, have indicated that once the winter passes, they will help out and rejoin the search.”
    Dr Sahota said the family were hopeful NSW Police might officially “re-engage” the search “once the weather allows”.
    He also said there were no plans for a memorial service for the lost hiker, and said the nightly public prayers held for Mr Srawn over the past two and a half months would no longer be held, as the family wanted to pray at home.




    Family members of the missing Canadian bush walker Prabhdeep Srawn, from left, Mandeep, Devinder, Major and Rajveer await news in Jindabyne on Thursday. Photo: Melissa Adams - SMH

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    Saturday 31st August 2013

    The Australian - News. Read more...
    How does a bushwalker go missing, never to be found?
    A Feature article in the Australian News which reference Prabhdeeps Story and his family search.

    Extract from the Article:
    Sometimes, though, families believe the police and searchers could do a lot more.

    In June this year NSW police called off their search after weeks of scouring the freezing, bleak Snowy Mountains for 25-year-old Prabhdeep Srawn, who'd gone missing on May 13. Srawn, a Canadian who was studying at Bond University on the Gold Coast, left his rental car in Charlotte Pass Village and set off to hike to Mount Kosciuszko. Whether he made it or not we may never know. Srawn was only noticed missing a week later, when his car wasn't returned. On hearing the news from police his family immediately flew out from Canada.

    Straight away the searchers faced two very real problems: they had no clear idea of which part of the range Srawn may be on; and it was likely he was already dead. A blizzard hit not long after Srawn set out, and night-time temperatures plunged. Vague clues in the first few days of the search gave some hope. A hiker said he saw footprints in the snow; a drink bottle was found; there were reports of a voice. Police searching Srawn's rental car initially missed finding his laptop, which upon later inspection was found to contain maps of the area. Srawn's family would never forgive the police for this mistake. After searching for a little over a week, police began to scale back the effort and delivered the news to Srawn's family that they believed he was dead. Superintendent Shane Box said, "We have conducted extensive searches over some of the hardest and most remote and unforgiving terrain, in freezing temperatures. Sadly, there has not been any sign of Prabhdeep."

    Srawn's family refused to believe he was dead. His military survival training - he was a Canadian Army reservist - would keep him alive, they claimed. He would eat caterpillars, ants, anything it took. The word "impossible", they said, was not in his vocabulary. They lashed out at the decision by the NSW Police to call off the search and launched a social media campaign to get it resumed. Emails were sent to the Australian High Commission requesting intervention. More emails ricocheted around government departments, here and in Canada, going all the way to the office of the Canadian Prime Minister. Srawn's sister, Mandeep, and other family members wrote impassioned pleas to various authorities, going over the search in minute detail, accusing NSW Police of incompetence at best, heartless apathy at worst.

    When the lobbying failed to rouse a second official search, the family took matters into their own hands. They assembled their own private search team and flew in volunteers from the Canadian army. Another week of searching failed to find any trace. Things were looking drastic, so the family tried a different tack. Prabhdeep would get a price on his head.

    A reward was posted: $50,000 to anyone who found him, dead or alive - a figure that was doubled days later. Box feared it would lead untrained people to put themselves at risk, but he wasn't in a position to prevent it. "This is an emotional time for people," he told a news conference, with heavy understatement.

    The deeply religious Srawn family and supporters from the Sikh community maintained that a miracle was not out of the question. Supporters and well-wishers instructed the family, via a Facebook page, not to give up searching, and that God would keep Prabhdeep safe. "We believe he's OK," his sister Mandeep told ABC news on June 18, more than a month after he was last seen.

    The family perhaps drew hope from the survival story of Jamie Neale, the British backpacker who was lost in the Blue Mountains south of Katoomba for 12 days in the winter of 2009, before he stumbled upon a couple of bushwalkers on a fire trail. Neale did everything wrong before going on his hike, including leaving his phone behind and not telling anyone of his intentions, but he had enough bush-nous and plain good luck to get out of the situation alive. Post-rescue, Neale's relationship with searchers and his family also went off the track. He sold his story to 60 Minutes for a reported $200,000 and then squabbled with his father over the proceeds. Some people raised questions about the authenticity of his tale, and how much money he should donate towards those involved in the rescue attempt. The 12 days he spent lost almost became an afterthought: whilst Neale's survival was remarkable, the public relations fallout was a nightmare.

    Srawn's family have their own PR problems, but that's of little of concern to them as they continue to battle the authorities and pray for a miracle. On July 29, two and a half months after he disappeared, they announced they were leaving and would return to search in November.




    Family spokesperson Tej Sahota, left, and the search efforts at Jindabyne. - Pic: SMH

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    Tuesday 24th September 2013

    Canberra Times Australia. Read More...
    Missing hiker Prabh Srawn's $100K reward withdrawn as search resumes
    The family of missing bushwalker Prabh Srawn has withdrawn the reward offered for finding the Canadian student, but remain determined to continue searching.
    His disappearance in May sparked months of extensive searches throughout the Kosciuszko National Park, attracting volunteers from across the world to help find the 25-year-old.
    “We cannot thank enough all the brave men and woman that have helped in the search effort thus far,” it read.
    “As we are approaching a melt down in the alpine region of Kosciuszko National Park, we would once again request that all those that are interested in volunteering their time to assist in the continued search efforts please inbox message us for further details.”




    Supplied: Westpac Rescue Helicopter
    Rescuers searching for Canadian bushwalker Prabhdeep Srawn, missing in the New South Wales Snowy Mountains. Taken May 22, 2013.


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    Monday 7th October 2013

    Help Find Prabh Facebook Page Official
    New Search Poster - October 2013
    Please help us spread the word again. We need assistance with posting this poster in and around the Kosciuszko National Park areas. All check points, restaurants, towns and villages. Thank you! You all have been a tremendous support.





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    8th October 2013

    Prabhdeeps sister Mandeep very kindly answered some questions which were posted to her regarding the Search for Prabhdeep.
    The conversation was listed in the (Prabhdeep's) Discussion Thread - but it has invaluable insight into what has been going on and the continuation of the search in the last quarter months of 2013 ... It is posted in this thread in full for reference and resource:
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    Questions Submitted:
    Firstly,
    I recently read in a Main Stream Media Report that you may not be coming back to Australia for the search when it resumes – are you yet to make a decision regarding this?
    Quote from the News Article: Source Link...
    The family returned to Canada last month, but Ms Srawn said she not sure if they’d return to Australia.

    1) How are your plans coming along for the November Search in Australia?
    When do you expect to start this next stage of your Search?

    2) Do you have a new strategy of approach for this next stage of the Search?
    Are there things you will do differently regarding the search, when you return?

    3) What has been happening on the ground with the search around Mount Kosciuszko since you returned to Canada from Australia?
    Have the searches continued?

    4) Will your next search cover the same areas (now that the snow is receding), or do you plan to cover different territories?

    5) What areas have been searched so far?

    6) Have any further clues or information surfaced during the winter break as to where Prabh went and where he might be?

    7) Will you be using specialists in any particular area or skill for the search when it resumes this time?

    8) We read an article posted by one of the Australian Dog Handlers about his time on the search with his dog.
    Was that search area followed up at a later stage? Did the New Zealand team of Dog Searchers have any luck?

    9) You have been asking for volunteers for the next Search – how is that coming along?
    What has the response been like? How many volunteers do you hope to have to help you in the upcoming months?

    10) What requirements do volunteers need to have to help with the search?

    11) Have the Australian Authorities offered you any help regarding the next Search on your return? Will you be involving them at any stage?

    12) What were some of the major logistic obstacles you found the most difficult during the last Search?

    13) How long do you plan to stay in Australia this time?

    14) What do you need people to know about Prabhdeep beyond what has been reported in msm?

    15) What can people do to help you in the upcoming months?

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    Reply From Mandeep:

    Thank you all. Please keep Prabh in your prayers.

    As for returning, I was speaking about myself. Someone from the family will definitely return but I'm not sure who or how many this time.

    Our search is always ongoing. There are several hikers who visit the area for leisure and have offered assistance or asked for more information. Unfortunately, no one has had any luck. We're looking for new people to search every minute we can and are still offering the daily stipend provided they take a spot tracker or provide us with GPS tracks of what they were able to cover. We have a couple hikers we've developed a close relationship with and were able to continue sending them out.

    The reason November was stated is because the NSW police and National Parks plan on searching again for Prabh.

    Regarding the searched area, I can provide maps of what was covered. Since I've taken pictures of our maps, please forgive me if its unclear what area it is. Unfortunately, there have been no clues as to Prabhs location other than his telephone pings and possible voice (possible b/c we haven't been able to confirm whether it was even human or a dog in the distance).

    I'm not exactly what specialists you're referring to? We've had private teams and investigators as well as a kanine unit. As for the Australian Handlers' dog did pick up a scent and the dog couldn't go any further as a result of the tough terrain. 4 men then descended the mountain where the scent was picked up along a creek line and did not come across anything. However, the area is large, it was just a general direction in an area between valleys (between the 'N' and 'W' on the map).

    We then hired a canine unit from New Zealand that had 3 dogs in hopes to see if they could narrow down the area further, however neither of these dogs picked up any scent at all in that direction. This could be for one of two reasons. 1) The Australian canine unit was an urban dog and could've mistaken the scent for animals such as a wombat hole near by or 2) The wind was incredibly strong coming from the NW with the Australian handles and with the NZ team, the wind wasn't as strong. We believe it to be the first option because we did take the 3 dogs to higher peaks after searching the same area as the previous dog, Mount Townsend, Abbots Peak and Alice Rawsons in hopes the scent may have risen and would be easier to pick up from above and again there was no luck no scent.

    Our search was without snow for several weeks after the official search was called off. Once the NSW police decided to call off the search it rained heavily for 4 days straight with warm temperatures. When we began searching there wasn't any snow on the ground. We had several obstacles, the telephone information being withheld from us, not having access to helicopters, then not being allowed to land the helicopter, the heavy fog making visibility to zero, etc. We had several obstacles.

    As for volunteers, we ask that they are experienced hikers (with alpine/snow experience), have all their equipment (tent, shoes, pants, GPS, etc), don`t go alone, take an emergency beacon with them and register with National Parks on their intended route.

    I hope I've answered all or most of your questions. I can send the telephone ping information and the theory behind the voices in another post to avoid confusion.


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    A big Thankyou to Mandeep for taking the time to answer the questions for us.

    The Maps that Mandeep provided are in the posts below.

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    Missing person - Prabhdeep Srawn

    The Map below shows the areas which have been searched by foot.
    (Pre October 8 2013)
    Map supplied by Mandeep Srawn




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    Missing Person - Prabhdeep Srawn

    The Map below shows the areas which have been searched by Helicopter.
    (Pre October 8 2013)
    Map supplied by Mandeep Srawn




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    Missing Person - Prabhdeep Srawn

    Quoted from Mandeep:
    This is where the first Australian dog picked up a scent (where the triangle is on the map).
    I'm interested in following the creek by the 'o' down about 500m, where my finger is pointing.

    (Pre October 8 2013)
    Map supplied by Mandeep Srawn




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    Missing Person - Prabhdeep Srawn

    The Map below shows the areas where Prabhdeep's phone 'pinged' from.

    Quoted from Mandeep:
    Telephone pings:

    11:55 perisher tower - green
    12:14 purple
    12:21 perisher tower - green
    From 1-3:05 burngoodee - dark green

    There is no further activity after this point.





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    Missing Person - Prabhdeep Srawn

    Quoted from Mandeep:
    Here is another map created by a private team that voluntarily helped us when the police weren't providing his telephone information to us.
    (Pre October 8 2013)
    Map supplied by Mandeep Srawn



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    28th October 2013

    Searchers (Dave Jarvis and company) resume a 9 day trek looking for Prabdeep Srawn.

    Their journey is recorded here:
    DAVES SPOT Share Page

    A picture posted to Help Find Prabh Facebook page on October 13, 2013 shows the thaw has begun in the Snowy Mountains NSW.




    From the Facebook Page:
    As you can see the snow has melted considerably in certain areas. The areas exposed to the afternoon sun, western side of the peaks, and the area Prabh is most likely to be, have seen the most melt in recent weeks. We are still looking for volunteers to help with the search for Prabh. Plesase contact us via inbox for details.

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    New Search for Prabh Begins December 1, 2013

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    7th November 2013

    Central Okanagan News. Read More...
    Locals to search Australia for Canadian
    The three Central Okanagan Search and Rescue member’s (COSAR) left to assist in the search on November 4th
    Team leader Troy Becker, a member of the West Kelowna Fire Department, along with COSAR Search manager Brett Millard, Owner of SPEIR Wealth Management Inc. and GSAR member Matt Jefferson, a newly trained Primary Care Paramedic have volunteered for the two-week mission.
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    Each volunteer member of the team had to coordinate work schedules within the last week in order to bring the team together in time, which is only possible with the support of employers and families, Braun points out.
    Becker a West Kelowna Firefighter has the support of Fire Chief Wayne Schnitzler and fellow firefighters who stepped up to help in adapting his holidays to afford him the time to volunteer.

    Kelowna News. Read More...
    Local search and rescue members offer assistance in Australia
    According to Becker, the group isn't sure if any resources will be available to them once they're dropped off in the mountains; therefore, they will be equipped to operate self-sufficiently for the entire trip.
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    "Australia has one of the world's highest concentrations of poisonous snakes and spiders, so it is something we need to be aware of and prepared to deal with in the event of an encounter," said Becker.
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    Until recently the area was covered in snow, but with the spring thaw occurring, the family has requested the assistance of experienced wilderness search and rescue members from North America.



    Sunday 17th November 2013

    CBC News. Posted: Nov 15, 2013 - Read More...
    BC Team Leads New Search For Prabhdeep in Australia.
    Srawn's family is financing an expedition of 18 search and rescue professionals, most of whom cut their teeth in the rugged mountains of B.C., to New South Wales for an intensive two-week search beginning on Dec. 1. The team members are all volunteering their time.
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    Martin Colwell, President of the Vancouver-based company SAR Technology, is the search manager.
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    Colwell, who has over 30 years of experience in the search and rescue field, told CBC Hamilton his first step will be to divide the search area up. From there, relying on a mathematical system that factors in a range of geographic and weather conditions, the team to specific zones.


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    25th November 2013

    Canberra Times. Read More...
    Coordinated by New South Wales Police, the search comes a week before 18 volunteers arrive from Canada to help locate the Bond University law student and army reservist.
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    The 30-person search was abandoned on June 1 ahead of heavy winter snowfall.
    Mr Srawn's cousin Ruby Singh said on Monday the family was realistic about the likely outcome, but was grateful for the resources allocated by authorities.
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    "Obviously this has been a very difficult time and it has been very hard on all of us," she said. "We’re hoping that they will be able to hopefully find Prabh soon and we can put this behind us.
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    She said a week-long small scale search could be followed by a larger operation.


    The Times India. Read More
    Search resumes for Indo-Canadian man missing in Australia
    The New South Wales police have started search operations again, a week before 18 volunteers arrive from Canada to help locate the missing Bond University law student, The Canberra Times reported Monday.
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    "We've put together a team of volunteers and we were hoping to deploy them after the police search was over and resolved, but unfortunately the police search had to be delayed, so some of it is going to overlap, to begin next week," she said.



    26th November 2013

    India TV News. Read More...
    Search resumes for missing Indian-origin student in Australia
    The search for 25-year-old student Prabhdeep Srawn resumed the Kosciuszko National Park after more than six months, with the help of New South Wales Police.
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    Eighteen volunteers were due to arrive from Canada as well to help locate the Indian-origin Bond University law student and army reservist, the Canberra Times reported.



    Prabhdeep Srawn's sister Mandeep points to the area where Prabhdeep is believed to have gone missing. File photo: Rohan Thomson

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    27th November 2013
    Canberra Times news. Read More...
    Prabh Srawn missing: Hikers asked to help find bushwalker
    New South Wales Police will appeal to hikers in the Kosciuszko National Park to help in the search for missing Canadian Prabhdeep Srawn.
    Two days after recommencing a ground search for the 25-year-old who has been missing since May 13, Monaro Local Area Command Superintendent Rod Smith said police and National Parks and Wildlife Officers were contending with some snow in the search area.
    “This week we had intended to conduct more of a ground search but our advice and our own observations from going up there was that there was still the same amount of snow as there was when we searched the first time,” he said.
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    “We believe that he walked along the Main Range Trail from Charlotte Pass, in an anti-clockwise direction towards Mt Townsend and Mt Kosciusko.
    “For people who are out there, we are appealing for hikers in that area to keep an eye out.”
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    Superintendent Smith said no decision had been made about how long the search effort would continue for.
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    He said police had “an open mind” to the possibility that Mr Srawn’s body may not be in the search area.


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