Missing angler had cold night in cave
A YOUNG Victorian man spent a cold night in a cave in the Central Highlands after becoming disorientated during a fishing trip with mates.
A command post was established at the 1000 Lakes Lodge early yesterday to co-ordinate the search for the 21-year-old who had been missing since 7.30pm the night before.
The young angler was wearing waders but just two layers of clothing when he got disorientated and failed to return to the car where his fishing friends were waiting.
Around 10am yesterday, the lost man caught the attention of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, which had been dispatched at first light, near Talinah Lagoon, west of Lake Ada. The man was uninjured but was checked by paramedics as a precaution.
Police were notified at 7.30pm on Monday night that the young man had not returned after walking ahead of the group near Lake Ada.
The group arrived at 6am at Lake Ada with plans to fish all day at Lake Tin Hut. The man walked ahead and his friends last saw him fishing at Sandy Lake.
They could hear him yelling out in conversation for a while, but heard nothing after midday. When they returned to their car late that afternoon he was not back.
Police said the man had become disorientated. He told police he had walked until about 11pm before finding shelter in a small cave. He started walking again about 5am.
Five hours later the man caught the attention of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew, which picked him up and took him back to the command post. The temperature dropped below 0C in the Central Highlands on Monday night.