Autistic boy rescued after spending hours lost and alone in the snow

An eight-year-old autistic boy has been rescued after spending several hours lost and alone in the snow in Victoria.

The boy, who police said has autism and does not speak, was tobogganing with family at Falls Creek on Tuesday afternoon.

At around 3pm, he vanished without a trace.


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Police said the boy appeared to have just “wandered away”.

A frantic search of the village followed involving Victoria Police, SES, Ski Patrol, resort management and members of the Falls Creek community.

Fortunately, the eight-year-old boy was found “a few hours later” in steep inhospitable terrain, near Rocky Valley Creek.

He was missing a boot, his gloves were gone and he was struggling in the extreme conditions, police said.

The boy was taken to hospital and treated for slight hypothermia.

He has since been released.