Mother and young son sur­vive 10 days in Aus­tralian bush

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SYD­NEY: A woman and her son, 9, sur­vived a 10-day or­deal with no food in rough Aus­tralian bush­land by us­ing leaves to col­lect wa­ter and re­mov­ing ticks and leeches from each other, re­ports and au­thor­i­ties said on Thurs­day.

The 40-year-old and the boy planned a two-hour walk in Mount Royal Na­tional Park in the Hunter re­gion some 240 kilo­me­tres north of Syd­ney, but be­came dis­ori­ented, New South Wales state po­lice told the New­cas­tle Her­ald.

Po­lice added in a state­ment that they were taken to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal with de­hy­dra­tion and in­sect bites. NSW Am­bu­lance In­spec­tor An­drew Steen­son said, “It was really good to find them in such good phys­i­cal shape”.

“The search ter­rain was really quite hos­tile in some ar­eas,” he told the Her­ald, adding that res­cuers had been search­ing for the pair for four days after their car was sighted at the park’s carpark on Mon­day.

“There are some steep slopes and thick scrub, and it drops off by about 500 me­tres in some parts of the search area.”

He added that the mother and son had stayed alive by us­ing leaves to col­lect wa­ter, re­mov­ing ticks and leeches from each other, shar­ing one pair of shoes and ty­ing grass around trees to mark where they were. Mount Royal Na­tional Park, part of Gond­wana Rain­forests of Aus­tralia World Her­itage area, is de­scribed by the Na­tional Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice as hav­ing “chal­leng­ing walk­ing tracks” that take vis­i­tors to the sum­mit of scenic rock fea­tures.

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