Bear Grylls tips saved lost pair

The West Australian - - NEWS - Ash­leigh Glee­son

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.

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