Indian-origin student missing in Australian wilderness

Indian-origin student missing in Australian wilderness

A 25-year-old Indian-origin student has went missing in a national park in Australia nearly a month ago, prompting his family to announce a reward money to AusD 100,000 for any tip-off.

Prabhdeep Srawn, a Canadian-Indian, went missing on May 13 in the Kosciuszko National Park in the Australian state of New South Wales.

Swarn's family, resident of Brampton in the Canadian province of Ontario, doubled the reward money on Friday following a move by New South Wales Police to scale back the search efforts and the official withdrawal of the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter from the search earlier this week.

Facilitators of Facebook page 'Help Find Prabh Srawn: Missing Bushwalker', also posted that the family also offered a daily stipend of AusD 250 for experienced hikers who are willing to join the search operation, the Canberra Times reported.

A law student of Bond University in Australia's Gold Coast, Srawn was reportedly trying to climb Mount Kosciuszko, the highest peak in mainland Australia that is located within the park.

Though the family has been optimistic of finding Srawn as he is a master corporal in the Canadian Armed Forces, an Australian Defence Force reservist and has had bushwalking experience, experts feel that the chances of him surviving after so long are slim.