The second rescue operation on Mt Bogong in a week has been slowed by ‘horrendous’ weather on the mountain. As of 8am this morning (9 July), The Age is reporting that police are currently waiting for better weather conditions before they extract a lost hiker on Mount Bogong.
The Border Mail had also reported that:
8.27AM: RESCUE workers have been forced to take cover as wild weather hampers efforts to rescue a hiker who got lost on the mountain last night.
Mount Beauty’s Leading Sen-Constable Peter Johns said the man, who had set off alone, had phoned triple-0 about 4.30pm yesterday after becoming disoriented in the bleak mountain conditions.
He had food, water, clothing and a tent.
Rescue crews set off about 10pm for a four-hour climb to the summit from Eskdale Spur and it has been confirmed that they located the man last night.
However, wild weather has since moved in and the group have been forced to take cover.
Wild weather, with gusts of wind up to 100km/h and a snowstorm, were expected in the area about 3am.
The mission follows two hikers spending Saturday night on Mount Bogong in freezing temperatures.
A Bendigo North man, and his friend, 33, from Box Hill, Melbourne, returned to Mount Beauty about 2pm Sunday after a 12-hour search for them.