Two walkers, Ryan Hurley and Harry Wild, were reported missing in the forest near Lorne on Tuesday 30 December 2008. Fifteen Bush Search and Rescue members joined Police Search and Rescue, the SES and Parks Victoria on the search on Wednesday 31/12/2008. Our four teams deployed on their search tasks late on Wednesday afternoon, camping out for the night. We targeted a search area near where Ryan and Harry where last seen off the Mount Sabine Road.
After an early start on Thursday morning, one of our search teams located a campsite the two men had vacated on Monday night and called the Police helicopter to the grid reference. The helicopter searched in the direction to the west indicated by Ryan and Harry’s trail on the ground, and found them waving in a small clearing near their second campsite. The helicopter dropped an orange smoke flare at their location, which our teams used to locate the missing men, who were both in remarkably good condition. The closest team, BSAR1 who had found the first campsite, travelled about 300 metres to reach them.