A bushwalker lost in the Lerderderg State Park has been located… exhausted and asleep in his tent.

The 18-year-old called friends after losing his way on a lone hike last night (Thursday).

Police spoke to him at 11.45pm before his phone died in an area with poor reception.

Bacchus Marsh Police said the teenager found his way back this morning to his campsite – about an hour from Mackenzies Flat – and fell asleep in his tent, where Bacchus Marsh SES volunteers found him.

Officers said the man was wet but otherwise safe and well.

The temperature dropped to 13 deg C  in the area overnight.

The SES said volunteers hiked for about an hour and a half in torrential rain during the search.

Parks Victoria staff, local police and the Search and Rescue Squad were also called in.

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Meanwhile, it was a busy day for Bacchus Marsh SES with 15 volunteers and five vehicles all hitting the road to attend flood and water-damage-related calls.

Bureau of Meteorology Victorian River Heights

The award-winning SES unit is about to launch its annual fundraising appeal, which accounts for about half of its annual budget.

Volunteers will be unable to doorknock Bacchus Marsh and Ballan this year due to COVID19, so locals are being asked to give generously online or via post.

2021 – Annual Fundraising Appeal “Doorknock With a Difference” As most of you would know the Bacchus Marsh SES Unit…

Posted by VICSES Bacchus Marsh Unit on Monday, January 25, 2021

** All up, 58mm of rain fell on the nearest official weather station at Ballarat airport on Friday, while 32mm fell at Sheoaks in the Brisbane Ranges, 51mm at Tullamarine and 42mm at Avalon.

Mt William – on the Ararat side of the Grampians – saw 59mm across the 24-hours and 70mm across the entire rain event. That is equivalent to more than a month’s average rainfall in just one day.

Lake Daylesford walking track. Image: Anna

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