Bear Grylls tips saved lost pair
A mother and son survived 10 gruelling days in dense NSW bushland thanks to the outdoorsman skills they picked up from watching rugged adventurer Bear Grylls on TV.
Michelle Pittman and her nine-year-old son Dylan Deane, from Singleton Heights, went missing on October 2 during what was meant to be a short bushwalk at Mount Royal National Park in the Hunter Valley.
But after a frantic few days in which their family and friends feared they would never see them again, the resourceful duo were found on Thursday — delirious, dehydrated and covered in insect bites, but otherwise unharmed.
Yesterday it was revealed they took inspiration from British survivalist Grylls, known for his show Man vs Wild, as they battled the elements.
Hunter Valley Acting Supt Rob Post said they had licked the moisture off plants to help keep hydrated and there were dried-up creek beds where they sourced water by digging.