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Body located in search for missing skier - Kosciuszko National Park

Tuesday, 06 September 2022 02:04:06 PM

A body has been located in the search for a skier missing in the state’s Snowy Mountains region.

Police have been told a 23-year-old man attended Kosciuszko National Park on Saturday (3 September 2022) morning and intended to ski the back country.

When he failed to return or make further contact by the end of the day, officers from Monaro Police District were notified and commenced inquiries into the man’s whereabouts.

On Sunday (4 September 2022), a search commenced of remote parts of the Kosciuszko National Park, which continued yesterday (Monday 5 September 2022).

The large-scale coordinated aerial and ground search involved specialist police from the Alpine Operations Unit, PolAir, the State Emergency Service (SES), and National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).

PolAir located a person in a remote area of Watsons Crags yesterday afternoon. Due to steep terrain and hazardous weather conditions, both PolAir and another emergency service helicopter were unable to land or use winching capabilities.

The operation was suspended for the day and resumed today (Tuesday 6 September 2022), with the arrival of PolAir carrying specialist police trained in alpine rescue.

The officers were winched down to the ground, where the body of a man was located.

The operation continues to retrieve the body. While it is believed to be the body of the missing skier, he is yet to be formally identified.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.