Two bushwalkers who went missing in a blizzard on Mount Bogong in the state’s north-east were found alive after surviving freezing temperatures on Saturday night.
The hikers – a 35-year-old man from Bendigo North and a 33-year-old man from Box Hill – were part of a group who set off in pairs from Michelle Hut in the Alpine National Park.
The pair became lost in a snowstorm and called police for help at 4.30pm on Saturday on a mobile phone after failing to reach Cleve Cole hut.
Emergency services personnel found the men at 4.30am on Sunday, after a 12-hour search and rescue operation.
Poor weather conditions hampered the rescue efforts, and it took until 2pm on Sunday for the two men – accompanied by emergency services – to reach the search base at Mount Beauty.
The men were suffering severe hypothermia and were treated by paramedics on the scene.