31 Dec 2012

Tramper fined for inadequate precautions

5:34 am on 31 December 2012

A man has been fined for not preparing adequately before setting out on a three-day trek in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

Police say he had only 1kg of potatoes and a naan bread in his backpack when he left for the walk on Wednesday afternoon.

The man failed to arrive at his destination three nights later.

A search involving two helicopters began on Saturday afternoon and the man was found four hours in the Wolgan Valley and winched to safety.

The ABC reports he had a minor ankle injury but declined treatment.

The man, from Victoria, was taken to Katoomba police station and issued with a $A500 fine.

Inspector Brenton Charlton said the fine was for putting his own safety and the safety of others at risk, through lack of planning and preparation, and carrying inadequate provisions.