Missing Chinese man found alive in Australian Outback

2021-04-07 01:06:05 GMT2021-04-07 09:06:05(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

CANBERRA, April 7 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese man who was missing in the Australian Outback for two days has been found alive, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

The 38-year-old man became lost on Sunday when the vehicle he was travelling in with a female companion became bogged on a remote track close to the border between the Northern Territory (NT) and South Australia (SA).

He was found on Tuesday 35 km from the vehicle after leaving it and his companion, who was found by a motorist on Sunday night, to search for help.

"He has gone a few different directions, backtracking a number of times," NT Police Superintendent Brett Prowse told the ABC on Tuesday.

"He sort of started with a bit of a southerly direction but ended up hooking around and heading up north, so he's heading towards South Australia border, but he's ended up, ultimately, then heading back up into the NT."

"He was very fortunate," said Prowse. "He was obviously a little bit dehydrated, fatigued, complaining of sore feet."

Prowse said that the incident was a "timely reminder" for people travelling to the Outback to plan for all scenarios.

"This means packing adequate water, food and medical supplies in the event of an emergency. Most importantly, if you find yourself in a situation where your car breaks down or is bogged, remain with your vehicle," he said.

"Do not attempt to walk to raise the alarm using a mapping application on your phone. This is extremely dangerous and further complicates the efforts of police and emergency services trying to find you."