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Cloud hits bushwalker search


There are growing concerns for a missing Victorian bushwalker after a police and SES search in the Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park on Sunday afternoon proved fruitless.

57-year-old Michael Bowman was due to return from a week-long walk in the Mt Cuvier area on Saturday.

Visibility was still too low for helicopters to assist ground teams as the search resumed on Monday morning.

Inspector Andrew Keane says Mr Bowman is well-equipped, with a tent, clothing and an emergency beacon.

"That EPIRB has not been activated at this point," he said. 

"There is a possiblility, of course, that he has simply been delayed by the snow and terrible weather we've been having up there; we're certainly hoping that's the case, but we will be planning for other scenarios." 

Senior Weather Bureau Forecaster Glenn Perrin says the snow is on the wane for the time being. 

"Really, we've seen the snow on the higher peaks, that's pretty much gone and the snow level is going to be rising pretty steadily through today," he said. 

"We'll see some melting happening, particularly later on in the day." 

Image: eGuide Travel (Flickr)