Two walkers were reported missing in the forest near Lorne on Tuesday 30 December 2008.
BSAR joined Police Search and Rescue, SES and Parks Victoria on the search on Wednesday 31/12/2008.
BSAR groups commenced searching late Wednesday afternoon, camping out for the night.
Early Thursday morning a BSAR group located a bush shelter. The Police helicopter searched in the direction indicated by their tracks and found the missing men waving in a small clearing near their second bush shelter. The helicopter dropped an orange smoke flare at their location, which BSAR groups used to locate the missing men and move to assist them. Both were in good condition.
The walkers had taken the advice of local Police during an earlier mobile phone conversation and stayed in the one place awaiting rescue. They constructed a good shelter out of timber, leaves and tree fern fronds to keep warm and dry. They had only left the shelter to get water and visit the clearing when the helicopter was in the vicinity.
After sharing some food and drink, three BSAR groups walked with them back to the Sabine Falls Road.
- Reunited after three lost, lonely nights, – The Age, 02/02/09
Last Updated on January 31, 2023