The search for two missing campers who spent their sixth night in Victoria’s alpine region will resume this morning.
Family and friends of Caleb Forbes, 22, and Shannon Lowden, 21, have joined police and SES members in the search for the Melbourne couple.
They set off on a camping trip on Friday but have yet to return after six days in the Baw Baw National Park.
Yesterday searchers scoured 1000 square kilometres of bushland around Thomas Dam in the West Gippsland area.
Alarms were sounded when Mr Lowden failed to show for work on Sunday and Monday.
His mother Debbie Lowden said family and friends are prepared to search for as long as it takes to find the couple.
“I feel like they’ve got stuck somewhere and can’t get out. I am really hoping they haven’t been injured,” she told 9News.
“We will be here for as long as we need to be.”
The pair are travelling in a green 1994 Nissan Patrol wagon, registration FQC 467, fitted with a bull bar and roof racks and police are keen to speak to anyone that may have seen the vehicle in the area.
Police aircraft yesterday joined 4WDs and dirt bikes in the search.
Victoria Police Inspector Shane Cashman said he believed the most likely scenario was that the pair had become bogged in trails that are muddy and snow covered.
He said both campers would be okay if they remained with their vehicle because they had purchased supplies before entering the national park and have sleeping bags.
The weather has drastically improved with search crews enjoying warmer weather and much improved visibility.
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