The search for a missing ski tourer in Kosciuszko National Park has entered its third day as police narrow down the search area.
- A 23-year-old man has been missing since Sunday
- Ground and air crews were dispatched yesterday as part of the search
- The man is said to have a personal tracking device with him
The 23-year-old man from Canberra last contacted family members on Saturday morning.
He did not return on Sunday, urging family members to contact NSW Police.
Police found the man’s vehicle in the Guthega parking lot on Sunday afternoon.
A search of the remote outback began Monday involving ground and air crews from the State Emergency Service, the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and PolAir.
“Following [Monday’s] coordinated air and ground searches…there is an area of interest that we are focusing on in today’s operation,” NSW Police said in a statement.
“However, due to the terrain and weather conditions, we are unable to confirm any further information until today when special police are on the scene.”
Members of the missing man’s family stayed in Guthega to assist the rescue services, while some close friends and some experienced skiers joined the ground crews in the search.
Rescue services searched for the man in Kosciuszko National Park. (ABC News: Melissa Clarke)
The missing man was described as an experienced skier and is said to be in possession of a personal beacon and adequate gear for backcountry conditions, but with limited daily supplies.
The search continues
Matthew Price, deputy zone commander for the State Emergency Service South East, said the second day of the search ended at sunset for safety reasons.
But he said crews drove “behind the main line” this morning.
“They came down the mountain because of the risks up there,” Superintendent Price said.
“It’s quite difficult terrain, so let’s make sure we get light again.”
Four specialized SES Alpine members set out on snowmobiles this morning while a fifth member will be stationed at Jindabyne Police Station to coordinate the search.
Weather conditions were favorable today.
“It’s a pretty cold day up on the mountain, but it’s not snowing,” said Mr. Price.
“There’s a light south-west breeze, which is pretty good for our guys on the bikes.
“The better the visibility, the safer they can stay and the better chance we have of finding our missing person.”
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