Media/Press Release: AREDN: Mossel Bay Mesh Network assist in the search for 2 people missing in the Karatara Area. (30 October 2018)

The Amateur Radio AREDN JOC received a written request on 30 October 2018  at 09h10 SAST to assist a frantic daughter in search for her parents (Anton and Irana Murry)  who recently moved from Gauteng to Karatara.  All her efforts to contact her parents resulted in cellphone  messages indicating that the subscriber was not available.   The daughter had no further information to the where abouts of her parents and was worried that something happened to them.  I immediately put out a missing persons call  for help on Twitter ,  Facebook and send an email to the Knysna Municipality to  check their records whether they might have been evacuated to a shelter in Sedgefield or any other shelter in the area.  The Sedgefield Municipality was  contacted and given the location of the couples property in the Karatara area.  Confirmation was later received (12h45 SAST) that both were found safely in their home in Karatara.  Contact over the cellphone could not be established with the couple due to cellphone  reception problems in the area.  The Amateur Radio AREDN JOC is relieved that both were safe and that we could assist the daughter in making contact with her parents.  The AREDN JOC would like to thank the following people/social media/local authorities for their assistance in locating the Murry’s:  Tweeps on Twitter,  Facebook Friends, Knysna Municipality and especially the Sedgefield Municipality and finally Me Amadea Amaral Filo.  The AREDN JOC is glad that both are safe and in high spirit and that we could have been of service..

Compiled by:  J. Terblanche ZS1I, AREDN Amateur Radio JOC Control Mossel Bay, South Africa