10.23AM UPDATE: Police have confirmed the body of avalanche victim Martin Buckland was removed from Mt Bogong overnight.
Sgt Charlie Duncan of Mt Beauty police said Mr Buckland’s remains were brought down about 11pm.
His friend, Daniel Kerr, was found deceased on Monday.
“There were about 30 personnel yesterday evening who stretchered (Mr Buckland) off the mountain in extremely difficult conditions,” Sgt Duncan said.
“It was an outstanding effort by all agencies and organisations involved under extreme and hazardous conditions.”
GoPro cameras belonging to the snowboarders will be examined by police.
"There will be a coroner's brief complied in relation to that, a report to the coroner," Sgt Duncan said.
"In the course of that there will be a thorough investigation to determine what happened.
"That will be run from Mt Beauty."
Police will also reorganise their equipment today to prepare for any future incidents.
POLICE expect hikers, skiers and snowboarders will continue trekking onto Mount Bogong despite two deaths and two other mountain rescues in the past week.
Emergency service personnel yesterday found Martin Buckland’s body under 1.5 metres of snow following a suspected avalanche.
He was about 60 metres uphill from where the body of his friend, Daniel Kerr, was found on Monday.
Mr Kerr’s body was found 500 metres from their abandoned campsite at Michell’s Hut.
Wangaratta region Inspector David Ryan said Mr Buckland’s body was expected to be brought down from the mountain overnight.
“I’ve spoken to all the families,” he said.
“They’re obviously very upset by what’s happened.
“They’ll probably struggle for a fair while.
“They were a good couple of blokes apparently.”
Mr Buckland’s wife Sally spent about half an hour inside the Mount Beauty police station yesterday morning.
She emerged in tears at about 10.45am, escorted by her father.
Mr Buckland’s father-in-law, Frank, thanked the rescuers for their hard work.
“We’d just like to thank police and rescuers for the amazing job that they’ve done,” he said.
Insp Ryan said a weak electronic signal detected by rescuers on Monday had led them to Mr Buckland’s body.
“We’ve gone back to that location and probed and found him,” he said.
Insp Ryan said Mr Buckland’s body would have to be retrieved by ground rescuers.
“You can’t bring an aircraft into the cloud,” he said.
“You’ve got to realise the cloud is just above the houses at Mount Beauty.
“Up the top we’re talking about 1700 metres in altitude where the crews are deploying to.
“It’s just not possible to get the aircraft support to (remove the body).”
Insp Ryan said it was believed the last time someone had died after being caught in an avalanche at Mount Bogong was in the 1980s.
“They’ve been caught out by the avalanche and it’s just an unfortunate event,” he said.
“They were well prepared and they were experienced, and they were taking lots of precautions, but unfortunately they’ve been caught.
“It was unavoidable.
“Part of extreme sports is taking some sort of risk.
“I don’t know if it will have an impact other than hopefully serving as a really clear warning to other bushwalkers and extreme snowboarders that you need to invest in safety equipment.
“They need to set up communication schedules and check in at least twice a day with someone so we can try to get to them if something goes wrong.”
Insp Ryan said police did not disagree with people going into the high country.
“It’s when people do silly things that causes us concern,” he said.
“These guys have done nothing silly.”