LOST IN MOUNTAINS Struggle Through Snow And Gale TRAGEDY FEARED Search Parties To Set Out Today MELBOURNE, April 21.
Two young walkers are missing on the wild uninhabited Baw Baw plateau, nearly 5.000 ft. above sea level, in Northern Gippsland.
It is feared that tiiey are either lost or have been injured and are lying helpless in the bush many miles from the nearest habitation. The missing men are Allan Graham, 22, of Malpas street, Preslon, and Keith Sherrot, 21. of Bendigo avenue. Elwood. They were to have reached Walhalla and returned to Melbourne on Tuesday. Two parties of experienced bushmen. led by mounted constables, will leave Erica and Warburton on horses early tomorrow morning to search the plateau. They will take spare horses, pack horses, and provisions sufficient for a prolonged search. The young men left McVeigh's, 20 miles from Warburton on Friday morning to walk to Walhalla by way of Mount Erica, a distance of more than 40 miles. By Saturday they had reached the Yarra Falls, 16 miles from McVeigh's, where they were seen by four youths. Struggling on over the rough foot track in snow and winds of gale force, they readied the shelter shed near Mount Whitelaw on Sunday night. Between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Monday they met another party and told them that they were setting out for Mount Erica. Since then they have not been seen.