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Camper rescued after almost five days lost in the bush

A camper missing for almost five days in rugged Victorian bushland has been found alive, but severely dehydrated.

Sebastian Orefors, 23, was located on a Toora North farming property in south Gippsland, on Tuesday morning, after spending 87 hours lost in the bush.

The Mt Martha resident was last seen by his camping mates at Wonyip on a trail off Randalls Track, about 7.30pm on Friday.

Camper Sebastian Orefors, 23, missing for four nights in Victoria’s Gippsland region, has been found alive but severely dehydrated. Source: 7 News
Camper Sebastian Orefors, 23, missing for four nights in Victoria’s Gippsland region, has been found alive but severely dehydrated. Source: 7 News

All he had with him when he went missing were the clothes on his back, a pair of jeans and a hoodie, as well as two mobile phones that had lost any signal.

His family feared the worst as they helped Police and SES crews search Victoria’s south for days.

Shortly before 11am on Tuesday, Mr Orefors managed to walk onto a homestead about a kilometre from the nearest search team, despite being weak and dehydrated.

The resident called an ambulance and paramedics transported the lost camper to hospital where he is being assessed.

Sebastian Orefors rides hospital in an ambulance for assessment, accompanied by his relieved parents. Source: Victoria Police
Sebastian Orefors rides hospital in an ambulance for assessment, accompanied by his relieved parents. Source: Victoria Police

Despite having spent four nights lost in the bush, Mr Orefors was remarkably not physically injured, aside from some minor scratches.

Mr Orefors’ family were overwhelmed when they were reunited with him.

Rescue crews search for missing camper Sebastian Orefors, who was later found on a farming property in Toora North. Source: Victoria Police
Rescue crews search for missing camper Sebastian Orefors, who was later found on a farming property in Toora North. Source: Victoria Police

“Police and Sebastian’s family would like to thank everyone involved in the search including SES, Bush Search and Rescue and Parks Victoria,” Victoria Police said in a statement.

How the young man survived almost five days lost in the bush remains a mystery for now, as he has been too weak to provide details of his experience.