Two hikers who sparked a huge search after vanishing in the Victorian Alps have been found by a kayaker four days later.
Experienced hikers Trevor Salvado, 60, and Jacinda Bohan, 58, failed to return from a walk on Mount Buffalo on Friday.
After four nights lost in the wilderness, the couple were found by a kayaker near a road at about 11am on Tuesday.
They had incredibly survived frosty conditions which saw the temperature drop to 5C on Monday morning.
Found at last: Experienced hikers Trevor Salvado, 60, and Jacinda Bohan, 58, (pictured together) disappeared from Mount Buffalo, in Victoria’s alpine region on Friday
It is not yet clear why they went missing or how they survived.
The couple from Essendon were due to meet friends for an annual long weekend getaway and were last seen at a caravan park in Bright in their Skoda car on Friday.
They were due back from a bushwalk at Reservoir Track, on Mount Buffalo, around midday but did not return. Their car was since found abandoned.
Officers on horseback and foot as well as a police helicopter had been looking for them, and the search effort was doubled in size on Monday, with more than 100 personnel working their way through the rugged terrain.
Desperate friends and family never gave up hope they would be found.
On Monday Ms Bohan’s sister Maria Bohan said the pair’s large extended family were supporting one another during a difficult time.
The couple (pictured) spent four nights in frosty conditions, with the temperature dropping to five degrees on Monday morning
The couple’s son Nathan (pictured) said he last spoke to his parents on Wednesday or Thursday and they told him they’d be gone for a few days
‘We’ve been getting loads of messages and good old-fashioned prayers,’ Ms Bohan said.
‘We’ve got a big team behind us, and we can’t speak more highly of the police.’
The couple’s son Nathan said he last spoke to his parents on Wednesday or Thursday and they told him they’d be gone for a few days.
‘Come home please. I miss you,’ he told reporters on the sidelines of the search on Monday.
‘We’re looking for you. We’re trying the best we can.’
Ms Bohan’s sister Maria Bohan (pictured) said the pair’s large extended family are supporting one another during a difficult time