A 40-year-old tourist who went missing from a day tramp
near Glenorchy yesterday has been found after an overnight
search in poor conditions.
The English national was dropped off by his family at the
Lake Sylvan car park early yesterday to walk the Lake
When he didn't arrive at the Routeburn Road end last night
his wife contacted police.
A helicopter and crew equipped with night vision and
infra-red equipment started searching in the early hours of
this morning but were unable to locate him.
Police said weather conditions were poor with snow flurries
on alpine sections of the route and rain, wind and cloud.
Two ground teams of search and rescue volunteers went into
the route from opposite ends and this morning met at the
junction of the Rockburn Track and the Sugarloaf Pass Track.
They continued up the Rockburn Track and at 9:30am found the
man alive and well about 20 minutes walk further along the
Some 14 people were involved in the ground and air search for
the man, who lives with his wide and child in Australia.
Senior sergeant John Fookes praised the efforts of
search and rescue volunteers who searched through the night
in poor conditions.