There is evidence of avalanches on Victoria's highest peak
where two snowboarders have been missing since Thursday,
Search and rescue members are combing Mt Bogong for clues to
the whereabouts of Martin Buckland, 33, from Yarra Junction,
and Daniel Kerr, 32, from Hawthorn, who failed to return to
Melbourne on Saturday from their snowboarding trip.
Inspector Dave Ryan from Wangaratta police said conditions
were good for the search, and police believed the men hadn't
gone too far from Mitchell Hut, where their abandoned
campsite was found on Sunday morning.
"There is some avalanche indications in the area," Insp Ryan
told Fairfax Radio.
"We're concentrating in and around those sites today.
"For us today it's essentially line searching, trying to pick
up any sort of clues out along the bottom of those slopes,
trying to figure out if these guys have managed to walk
themselves out into the tree line.
The families of the missing men said the two friends were
"Our families want to stress how experienced and prepared
Martie and Daniel were for this trip, keenly aware of both
the risks and the unpredictable nature the outdoors offer,"
they said in a statement.
A local expert said the men were in "some of the most
exciting and extreme and potentially dangerous terrain" in
Robert Karoly from the Mt Bogong Club said the weather in the
region had been improving since last Thursday but it was
worrying the men hadn't been heard from.
"They would have had very reasonable weather and improving
weather," Mr Karoly told Fairfax Radio
"The fact that neither of them have been heard from is very,
A police helicopter is aiding the search effort.