Search for overdue bushwalker underway

A police search for a missing walker in the Cradle Mt/Lake St Clair National Park is underway.

Police search and rescue teams, as well as the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, a police marine vessel and SES volunteers, are currently searching for 57 year old Victorian man, Michael Bowman of Mt Waverley, is an experienced bushwalker.

He indicated an intention to walk in the Mt Cuvier region and was due to return to the Lake St Clair visitor centre on 13 July. He is understood to be carrying an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), which has not been activated.

He is described as being approximately 180cm tall, of medium build, carrying a grey pack and wearing a red/orange jacket and dark coloured pants. He is thought to be using a yellow/mustard coloured tent.

Acting Inspector Phil Curtis said that the dangerous weather conditions were hampering the search.

“Police would like to thank those people who have volunteered to join the search, however the conditions are not suitable for unskilled volunteers,” Acting Inspector Curtis said.

Anyone who may have seen Michael in the Cradle Mt/Lake St Clair National Park is asked to contact Tasmania Police on 131 444.

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