Two survive remote Outback
Sydney – Australian police said yesterday they had found a second person who had been missing in the country’s remote Outback for weeks, saying he survived soaring temperatures by drinking water meant for livestock.
Police said Phu Tran, 40, was found by a local farmer at a cattle station near Alice Springs, two weeks after he and two friends went hiking.
“He’s in a good condition. He was slightly disoriented ... but other than that he was in good condition,” Superintendent Pauline Vicary said.
Tran was found three days after his friend, Tamra McBeath-Riley, was found about 1.5km from the car they had been travelling in through Australia’s remote north.
A third member of the group, Claire Hockridge, is still missing.
McBeath-Riley said the car became bogged down in the soft desert roads.
For a few days, the group stayed close to the car, surviving on the limited supplies they had packed, McBeath-Riley said.
After running out of water, Tran and Hockridge went looking for help, taking only a compass and a GPS.
Both survived after finding a water hole used by cattle.