Two young Australians ‘miraculously’ survive for days lost in Outback without water

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Police have said it is an “absolute miracle” that two people have been found alive in the Australian outback after going missing for several days without water.

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The friends, identified as 14-year-old Mahesh Patrick and 21-year-old Shawn Emitza, were reported missing last Tuesday in the Earlpara and Harts ranges.

After a trip to the range last weekend, they failed to return to the remote community of Hermannsburg.


As per the ABC News report, Mahesh had trekked for around 35 km before meeting on Friday, while his partner was found the next night around 9.45 pm.

The pair had gone to attend a sports carnival in the area and on Wednesday, their vehicle got separated after it got stuck on a dirt track. Police believe that they did not have water since Tuesday.

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“What a wonderful effort, [and at] 14 years old – the resilience and survival instincts are phenomenal,” Southern Field Acting Commander Kirsten Engels told ABC News.

“The hopes of finding Mr. Emitza alive were “getting pretty serious,” Ms. Engels said, adding that information from Mahesh helped her find her friend.

“It’s an absolute miracle,” she told the news channel, adding that “they are extremely lucky to be alive”.

“We all know how harsh it is. For all these boys have done, I can hardly believe they have [few] physically scarred. “

The pair stayed in the vehicle until Wednesday, before deciding to walk 5km up the hill with an empty jerry can.

“They thought they were going in the direction that would take them near Sandover Highway. Upon reaching the top of this hill, they realized that was not the case and walked 5 km to another hill,” said Ms. Engels.

After the pair realized that they were heading in the wrong direction, they returned to the first hill and camped there. It is not clear why the pair parted ways on Wednesday.

Issuing an advisory, Ms Engels said those traveling through the remote outback should not leave their car when it breaks down. “Stay with your car, we can’t stress that enough,” she said, carrying around four liters of food and four liters of water per person a day.


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