Rescue teams find woman missing in Victorian Alps

The female hiker who was missing for three days in the Alpine National Park has been found.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman said the 43-year-old woman was found by the police air wing just before 10am on Sunday in Howitt Plains.

The spokeswoman said the rescue team was assessing whether the hiker should be winched to safety or saved by the ground crews.

She said the woman ‘‘appeared to be okay’’, but she was found in such a ‘‘remote area of bushland’’ that it required effort to get her out safely.

Before she disappeared on Thursday, the woman had sent a text message saying that she was ‘‘unwell and out of water’’.

The hiker, from Dubbo in New South Wales, was intending to trek for three days.

Terry Ryan, senior forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology, said that Friday yielded the worst weather conditions in the region.

‘‘There was a fair bit of rain up there – about 15-20mm – which could have resulted in stream rises and difficulty in keeping dry and warm,’’ Mr Ryan said.

However, the amount of rain meant the missing hiker would have plenty of access to water, he said.

Mr Ryan said day-time temperatures ‘‘weren’t too bad,’’  ranging from 12 to 13 degrees, but nights and early mornings were much cooler, sometimes plunging to three degrees.

Creina O’Grady from Victoria Police said the police air wing, search and rescue team, the Australian Bushwalkers Search and Rescue and volunteers from State Emergency Services and the Country Fire Authority were involved in the search.

Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen said the woman was taken to Latrobe Regional Hospital at Traralgon in a stable condition.

The story Rescue teams find woman missing in Victorian Alps first appeared on The Age.

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