Camper 'embarrassed' by search after he went missing for four days


A Victorian camper is feeling “pretty embarrassed” over a search to find him, four days after he went missing in bush.

A police and air wing search failed to find Bruce Ninnis, who left his Oakleigh South home for a trip in the Woods Point area on Monday.

The 55-year-old was found safe and well on Friday, near Jamieson-Licola Rd, Jamieson at 10.30am by police.

Concerns were raised after Mr Ninnis failed to make contact with his family, which was out of character.

Mr Ninnis had an emotional reunion with his wife after he went missing in the bush for four days. Photo: 7 News

However, he emerged just as police and his family made a public plea to help find him.

“He was pretty embarrassed,” a policewoman told reporters at the scene.

“He didn’t think that going away for a few days camping was going to cause such a stir.

“He’s vowed to buy a satellite phone so next time he can keep in touch.

“Unfortunately, in that area, there is no mobile phone service a lot of the way so it was just very patchy phone service.

“We were very happy it turned out the way it did.”

Bruce Ninnis left his Oakleigh South home for a trip in the Woods Point area on Monday. Photo: Victoria Police