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Victorian hiker rescued in snowy Tasmania

A Victorian hiker has been plucked to safety from freezing wilderness in Tasmania after he was trapped by snow.

The 59-year-old man was rescued by helicopter on Friday afternoon from the Lake Mackenzie area on the state’s Central Plateau.

He was reported missing by his family the previous night after failing to catch his flight home.

The man, who police say was well equipped, was found sheltering in his tent near a lake.

He had set out along the Blue Peaks Track on Sunday but was unable to return after heavy snow on Wednesday night.

His rescue comes after two adults and a baby were on Thursday morning rescued from the popular Overland Track at Cradle Mountain after they also got caught in snow.

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