UPDATE at 12:38 PM | A QUEENSLAND man feared missing on Australia’s tallest mountain has been found safe and well.
The 44-year-old set off by himself to walk the main range track of Mt Kosciuszko, in the NSW Snowy Mountains, on Wednesday but failed to return by his intended time.
Following a joint-agency search, the man was found safe and well by rescue crews near Charlotte Pass about midday on Friday, police said.
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FIRST at 11:45 AM | A SEARCH and rescue operation is underway to find a Queensland man, missing on Australia’s highest mountain.
The 44-year-old set off by himself to walk the main range track of Mt Kosciuszko, in the NSW Snowy Mountains, on Wednesday but failed to return.
It is believed the man intended to walk from Charlotte Pass Village to Blue Lake, along the ridge to the summit and then camp at Seaman’s Hut overnight.
But the man, who police say was due to return by 10am yesterday, has not been seen or heard from since.
Two Alpine Operations Unit operators were deployed to Seaman’s Hut about 8pm Thursday night but despite conducting an extensive search of the area, failed to find any trace of the man.
It is believed the man was carrying adequate food, water, clothing, shelter and a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB).
NSW Police, along with officers from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the NSW State Emergency Service, joined the search on Friday.