Prospector lifted to safety

A gold prospector has been winched to safety after being missing for three days in remote bushland in Gippsland.

Anthony Sherry, 51, had been prospecting with friend Wayne Telfer, 49, in the Walhalla and Tyres areas.

When both men didn't return to their homes on Sunday afternoon as expected, their families raised the alarm.

They ran into difficulty after Mr Sherry, who suffers from a medical condition, fell ill. A police spokeswoman said he didn't have his medication which aggravated his pre-existing condition.

Mr Telfer searched for help and found it, eventually. On Tuesday morning he walked out of the bush onto the Australian Alpine Walking Track near Fingerboard Spur where detectives from the arson and explosives squad were investigating the Alberfeldy and Heyfield fires.

The Police Airwing and SES located Mr Sherry soon afterwards, winching him from the bush about 2.40pm.

An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman said both men were suffering from exposure, but other than that they had no obvious injuries.

They were taken to the Latrobe Regional Hospital in Traralgon for observation, the spokeswoman said.

Police said it was known whether the men found any gold on their trip.

This story Prospector lifted to safety first appeared on The Age.