Eildon Search & Rescue Operation

On Good Friday 3rd April 2015 Luke Shambrook wandered from the campsite where his family were spending their Easter holidays. Luke, an 11 year old autistic boy who had limited speech, was lost in the dense bush surrounding Lake Eildon (North East Victoria) for 99 hours, four and a half long days and nights.

The Search for Luke

On Good Friday 3rd April 2015 Luke Shambrook wandered from the campsite where his family were spending their Easter holidays. Luke, an 11 year old autistic boy who had limited speech, was lost in the dense bush surrounding Lake Eildon (North East Victoria) for 99 hours, four and a half long days and nights.

Police, SES, Parks Victoria and the volunteer Bush Search and Rescue team were all involved in the search

Volunteers where bused to the site

Police, SES, Parks Victoria and the volunteer Bush Search and Rescue team were all involved in the search. Many of the fellow campers unselfishly gave up their holiday to help search for the lost boy. His beanie was found on Monday, encouraging the searchers to keep going. However, the deteriorating weather was causing concern for the chances of Luke’s survival.

On Tuesday morning, the urgent call went out for more volunteers as many of the campers and other community volunteers had to return to work.

The search was urgent and intense.

On Tuesday morning, the urgent call went out for more volunteers as many of the campers and other community volunteers had to return to work. There were not sufficient facilities to cater for the additional volunteers so the Plymouth Brethren Rapid Relief Team (RRT) from Lilydale offered its services to provide food for the volunteers. There were not sufficient facilities to cater for the additional volunteers so the Plymouth Brethren Rapid Relief Team (RRT) Thankfully, Luke was spotted alive from a helicopter from the Air Search Wing on midday Tuesday. Thankfully, Luke was spotted alive from a helicopter from the Air Search Wing on midday Tuesday. Emergency personnel quickly descended to where he was and a path was cut so he could be carried up the steep terrain on a stretcher wrapped in foil to where his parents were waiting. It was like a miracle! It was something to see the joy and relief of all.

A miracle!

A miracle!

Preparing the ‘celebration BBQ’ after Luke had been found alive.

Preparing the ‘celebration BBQ’ after Luke had been found alive.

Emergency personnel quickly descended to where he was and a path was cut so he could be carried up the steep terrain on a stretcher wrapped in foil to where his parents were waiting. The RRT’s services were used to provide a celebration BBQ for the volunteers as requested by the family to show their appreciation for what had been done. The RRT team travelled from Lilydale (approximately 100km) to willingly provide a much needed meal. The RRT’s services were used to provide a celebration BBQ for the volunteers as requested by the family to show their appreciation for what had been done. The tired and hungry volunteers very much appreciated the BBQ, devouring well over a hundred sausages, but the best part of the day was the knowledge that a young boy had been returned safe and sound to his family.

Mr & Mrs Shambrook and  Luke

Mr & Mrs Shambrook and Luke

16 thoughts on “Eildon Search & Rescue Operation”

  1. ben says:

    So glad this had a happy ending, well done SAR team. And glad RTT were there – Community, Compassion, Support – just what we need in situations like this.

  2. **00** says:

    Fantastic job… Lilydale & Boronia!

  3. CB says:

    Great Job – I’d be there to help if I wasn’t so far away!!
    Keep up the good work mates!

    1. New Zealand says:

      Same i live in new zealand but i would be there if i could
      keep up the work mates i’ll help out if i can

  4. Aussie Guy says:

    Tops work RRT! Must have been thrilling to help with this and then see everyone’s efforts rewarded with success.

    As a member of the RRT I can say that it is thoroughly enjoyable helping others …in times of need.:)

  5. J2 says:

    So glad this boy was found! Must have been terrible for the family. Well done search & rescue team, police, rrt, & everybody else involved!

  6. Sil says:

    Well done again RRT. your help is amazing, always so thoughtful, and caring. keep up the great work…

  7. Indyanna Willise says:

    Our happiness for the family is still coming!……Well done RRT for helping bring back the little boy, safe and sound…We are still thinking of the family and the miracle that has been worked out in their lives…

  8. Alfie Cooper says:

    Rapid Relief Team Aus you are the best, what an amazing job, keep it up – my dad says i can come one day if i behave :)

  9. no.1 says:

    well done RRT!!!
    gr8 work!!

  10. Auntique says:

    I wondered when I saw this story whether RRT would be involved and now I know! I’m sure your support and the nourishment you provided were greatly appreciated by the searchers and family. GREAT JOB LILYDALE!!:)

  11. penny wilson says:

    I have a grandson who is on the spectrum and
    cannot bear to think what Luke’s parents must
    have been through during the search. Surely God
    was in charge!!

  12. from the uk says:

    Glad Luke was found alive. Reminds me of the Australian song ‘Little Boy Lost’ which has a happy ending too. Well done RRT

  13. Emma says:

    Well done RRT with all your effort in the search & rescue or Luke.

  14. me says:

    Well done RRT !!
    Thank you for helping this family find again their little boy.
    Must have been such an experience…

  15. Goonite says:

    What an awesome effort to help a much loved little boy – well done Lilydale!

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