Woman used her dogs to sur­vive cold

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News - Gabrielle Knowles and Joey Catan­zaro

A 65-year-old woman miss­ing for 25 hours in bush near Scott River hugged her three dogs to keep warm as the tem­per­a­ture fell to 2C overnight.

Heather El­lis was found safe about 12.30pm on Mon­day after she and her golden re­triev­ers walked out of dense bush on to a road in front of me­dia crews cov­er­ing the search.

She said she had fol­lowed the sound of cars to try to find her way to safety.

Mrs El­lis was tired, hun­gry and thirsty but was able to walk with sup­port to an am­bu­lance be­fore be­ing taken to Nan­nup Hos­pi­tal for a check-up.

The Perth woman told po­lice she be­came lost soon after she and the dogs walked into the for­est.

She and her hus­band Mau­rice had stopped for a travel break near Scott River at Nan­nup on Sun­day.

Her hus­band, who was pho­tograph­ing wild­flow­ers, raised the alarm when she did not re­turn, spark­ing a search.

In­spec­tor Ja­son Van Der Ende said the bush was ex­tremely dense and “hard-go­ing” for searchers.

Pic­ture: 7 News

Heather El­lis is helped to an am­bu­lance by SES per­son­nel.

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