Woman used her dogs to survive cold
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.
Heather Ellis is helped to an ambulance by SES personnel.