Rain, hail or blizzard for alpine patrol

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An RACV truck parked overlooking a mountain on Mount Buller

When Karl Corpe gets an Emergency Roadside Assistance callout to help a stranded motorist get their car back on the road, the conditions he works in can be anything from clear blue skies to a freezing blizzard.

At the weekend conditions were very tough, with blizzards and 150 centimetres of new snow in the high country.

Karl serves the Mansfield community as the RACV Emergency Roadside Assistance patrol and also looks after the Mount Buller resort region.

Karl has spent busy winter days looking after day-trippers and ski-lovers from all over Australia.

People come to the alpine region for fun and adventure but the conditions they bring their cars to can lead to a host of problems that require Karl to come to their rescue.

“This last weekend we had 150 centimetres of snow fall and that leads to all kinds of problems for people – from flat batteries to frozen fuel that stops their car starting, to being bogged in deep snow and not being able to get their chains on,” says Karl.

Of his 31 callouts on the weekend, 14 were to Mount Buller.

“People are so appreciative when you help them.”

Written by RACV
August 08, 2017