Woman, son sur­vive or­deal

The Citizen (KZN) - - WORLD - Syd­ney

– A woman and her son, nine, 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.

The 40-year-old and the boy planned a two-hour walk in Mount Royal Na­tional Park in the Hunter re­gion about 240km north of Syd­ney, but be­came dis­ori­ented, New South Wales (NSW) 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 500m 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. – AFP

There are some steep slopes and thick scrub, and it drops off by about 500m in some parts of the search area. An­drew Steen­son NSW am­bu­lance in­spec­tor

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