Missing walker rescued after overnight ordeal in Tasmanian bush

A missing walker has been airlifted out of the Southern Ranges after he became separated from his wife while they were out walking.

The Howrah man, 74, spent the night near the Moonlight Ridge track, but was found uninjured not long after first light by a search and rescue crew on Sunday.

His wife called for assistance not long after he failed to return while trying to find a camp site about 7pm on Saturday.

Tasmania Police confirmed the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was activated soon after the call was made, but low cloud prevented the crew from reaching the section of the ridge the couple had been.

A police search and rescue team walked through the night to reach the missing man’s wife, but were unable to find the man during the walk.

Taking off at first light, the helicopter crew located and rescued the man about one kilometre off the track in thick vegetation.

The wife and the search team were flown from the ridge after the brief search found the man.

“Tasmania Police would like to remind people to never separate during a remote bush walk, always keep your overnight equipment with you, be mindful that mobile phone batteries quickly discharge in cold conditions, and to always carry a personal locator beacon,” police said.