Aussie bush warning

MEANWHILE, BACK on land, tourists visiting the Australian wilderness are being reminded to take extra precautions after a British man survived a close shave in the outback. The dehydrated holidaymaker was rescued after three days lost in the rugged terrain north of Alice Springs.

The 50-year-old man managed to contact the police after two days, but was unable to tell them his whereabouts. Three helicopters, along with police, park rangers and emergency services volunteers, searched for him and miraculously discovered him in rough terrain “dehydrated and sunburnt”.

Senior Sergeant, Graeme Farquharson said: “It’s a timely reminder to people to let someone know where they are going, and when they are expected to get there, and they should also make sure they have a good map and a good knowledge of the area”.