A GROUP of stranded Mooroolbark College students are being evacuated from a camping ground in Gippsland this morning after they developed symptoms of hypothermia when an icy blast delivered heavy snow to the region.
State Emergency Service volunteers and paramedics last night reached the 11 students and their three teachers who became stranded at the Nyimba camp ground in the Alpine National Park, north-east of Licola.
One of the teachers raised the alarm about 3.15pm yesterday when two students, a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl, began slipping in and out of consciousness and displaying signs of hypothermia when the temperature dropped below freezing.
A third student, a 17-year-old boy, began displaying similar symptoms overnight.
SES spokesman Lachlan Quick said a group of 11 SES volunteers and a team of paramedics reached the camping ground using snow vehicles about midnight and camped with the group overnight.
The students were treated at the scene and were placed into sleeping bags with other students to raise their body temperatures.
About 8.45am today, the three sick students were on the first vehicle out of the camp site. They were being driven to McFarlane's Saddle, where they would be met by police and other emergency service vehicles.
The three students are understood to be in a stable condition.
"It will take four to five trips to get the kids out, so that is expected to take most of the day," Mr Quick said.
Mr Quick said it had been freezing and snowing heavily in the area, with up to 15 centimetres falling by yesterday afternoon and heavy falls and low cloud reported again this morning.