Two sur­vive re­mote Out­back

The Citizen (KZN) - - To Make Your Day -

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.

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