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    6th June 2014


    By: Ricky French - Special to the Star
    How did a Brampton hiker just vanish in the Australian bush?
    Prabh Srawn wasnít the only person leaving Charlotte Pass for a late autumn hike on May 14, 2013. Four friends, led by Tom Batty, set out to complete the same loop that Srawn was intending to do, just a couple of hours after the Canadian. As well as taking proper clothing and provisions, they took a video camera.

    From the footage the full extent of the blizzard is revealed. The men start walking in fine conditions, but by the early afternoon snow is driving into their faces, and a freezing wind is whipping up the valley. Sticking to the Main Range Track, the party takes shelter in Seamanís Hut, the lone refuge on the tops, and waits out the storm until the next day. They saw no sign of Srawn. How close they came to him we may never know.
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    An early clue during the initial search last winter seemed to confirm this. A plastic water bottle was found on a track called Hannels Spur, a tough, overgrown route through the Western Fall, which Jarvis describes as the worst track in Australia. It connects the Main Range with the Geehi Flats ó a popular campground ó in a valley to the west.
    Finding the water bottle appeared to be a huge breakthrough. The bottle was from an underwater diving company called Pro Dive Cairns. A quick check revealed that Srawn had been diving in the popular North Queensland resort town of Cairns the previous December. Hopes soared that this would lead searchers to Srawn, possibly still alive in the bush.
    It didnít. Further investigation revealed it wasnít the same diving company Srawn had used.




    Dave Jarvis atop Mount Townsend.

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    Still thinking of Prabh and his family.

    Never stop searching!

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    Missing Canadian bushwalker Prabhdeep Srawn declared dead by NSW coroner
    "The New South Wales Coroner's Court has declared Canadian bushwalker Prabhdeep Srawn dead, two years after he went missing in the Snowy Mountains.

    The coronial inquest classified Mr Srawn's death as misadventure, given he was inadequately prepared to face the harsh weather conditions in the Snowy Mountains"


    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-2...deep-s/6574988
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    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-2...nquest/6502184

    Park rangers heard a yell during search for missing Canadian bushwalker Prabhdeep Srawn
    By Jordan Hayne
    Updated 28 May 2015, 6:19pm

    Two park rangers have told an inquest into the 2013 disappearance of a Canadian hiker that they heard a yell during the search for the man in the Snowy Mountains.
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    On Wednesday, Parks and Wildlife ranger Jack Bulger told the New South Wales Coroner's Court he heard a yell while was repairing a hut in the area eight days into the search.
    "It was a funny sound, I'd never heard it before," he said.
    "It was sort of like a half yell. You couldn't make any words or anything out of it."
    Fellow ranger Mark Mitchell also heard the sound from the Opera House Hut.
    "It sounded like a human, not an animal sound," Mr Mitchell said.
    "It wasn't audible sounds like, 'Please help me'."
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    Former outdoor instructor Tom Batty was on the same trail just a few hours behind Mr Srawn.


    Mr Batty told the court that the day started fine, but by lunchtime fierce winds and heavy snow descended on the trail, reducing visibility to just a few metres.
    "It made it significantly difficult to stay on track and to continue navigating," Mr Batty said.
    He told the court at one point he and his friends saw footprints in the snow.

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    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-2...deep-s/6574988

    Missing Canadian bushwalker Prabhdeep Srawn declared dead by NSW coroner
    The findings also rejected suggestions that Mr Srawn may have intended to harm himself, saying all available evidence suggested he was happy with life and had made plans for his future.
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    His family chose not to travel from Canada to attend the inquest, and appeared to indicate he could still be alive, sending a statement that ended with the words "miracles do happen".

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    although the Coroners Findings were given, I still hope that one day more facts come to light on what happened to Prabh.

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    Coroners Office NSW -
    Inquest into the disappearance and suspected death of Prabhdeep SRAWN

    PDF Link here to the documents:
    http://www.coroners.justice.nsw.gov....20Findings.pdf

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