Search for lost boy has a happy end­ing

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

THERE were cheers of joy from those in­volved in the suc­cess­ful search for a miss­ing 10-year-old boy on Mount Walsh last month.

A mother vis­it­ing the area for the first time, had set out with her chil­dren, aged 5, 7 and 10, to lo­cate the rock pools. She be­came lost and sep­a­rated from her 10-year-old son.

North Bur­nett Lo­cal Controller Brian Lowe of Biggen­den said fran­tic calls for as­sis­tance from the woman’s mo­bile phone were an­swered after sev­eral at­tempts. Along with Biggen­den Po­lice who in­sti­gated the search, SES vol­un­teers, am­bu­lance paramedics and Parks and Wildlife of­fi­cers from across the re­gion at­tended.

Mr Lowe said the mother and two chil­dren were lo­cated quickly but the boy could not be found.

“A he­li­copter was called to as­sist. The longer the day went on the more con­cerned every­one be­came,” he said.

At 6.30pm, the boy was found wan­der­ing along a dirt road near the ri­fle range, some five to six kilo­me­tres from the search area.

Mr Lowe said the young boy told the of­fi­cers he was lost and he was now walk­ing home to Mary­bor­ough.

ON THE TRAIL: SES vol­un­teers from across the re­gion an­swered the call when a fam­ily of four went miss­ing on Mt Walsh.

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