Missing hiker found alive

Monday, March 7, 2016 - 20:00

Missing hiker Kevin Arthur has been found alive.

Details are not entirely clear as yet but CNC3 has learnt that Arthur was discovered by a search team around 2 pm this afternoon.

Fire officers, soldiers, police and civilians units had been combing the hills between Acono Village Maracas/St Joseph and Blanchisseuse in search of the 25-year-old Ministry of Finance employee.

Arthur had left on the El Tucuche trail at Acono Village, Maracas/St Joseph on Saturday morning with a contingent of 50 hikers associated with the Fitness Walkers Hiking Club. 

They had set off on a six-hour hike to the Yarra River in La Filette.

On reaching a river bank Arthur is said to have expressed that he could not swim. 

Although he had a life jacket, Arthur is believed to have left the group to find an alternative route. 

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