Bushwalker Found After Days Missing In Frozen Tasmanian Wilderness
A hiker has been found alive after spending nearly a week in the freezing conditions of the Tasmanian Central Highlands.
Michael Bowman was located by rescuers on Tuesday afternoon in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, after failing to return home from a bushwalk last Friday.
"Fantastic news....an overdue bushwalker in the Lake St Clair region has been found alive a few moments ago," Tasmania Police said in an update on Tuesday.
The 57-year-old has been taken by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter to the Royal Hobart Hospital for medical assessment as a precaution.
Bowman, an experienced bushwalker, set off on a planned walk in the Mount Cuvier region on July 3.
The search for the Victorian man began on Monday after authorities were alerted he had failed to make contact with anyone by Saturday.
The two-day operation was made difficult by freezing and blizzard-like weather, as well as waist-deep snow.
The conditions forced the grounding of a rescue helicopter on Monday morning.
Several bushwalkers have been rescued by helicopter from the Cradle Mountain area in recent days, including a British man and Hobart school group from Dove Lake on Tuesday.
A West Australian father and his daughter who became stranded by snow in the region two days ago have also been retrieved safe and well.
They were reached by a search party on Tuesday afternoon and were flown by helicopter to safety.