Missing bushwalker found alive


A bushwalker has been rescued after three days lost in a northern New-South-Wales state forest. Searchers were worried for his safety because the area has recorded freezing overnight temperatures.

Jessica Stewart reports.

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This is the moment 69-year-old, Patrick Drummond was winched to safety after spending three days lost in rugged Torrington State Park.

The hiker was severely dehydrated, fatigued and lucky to be alive.

Patrick Drummond, Rescued Bushwalker: “Relieved. Relieved. Absolutely relieved very very thankful. Extremely Thankful.”

The man set out on a bush trek on Tuesday, but didn’t make it back.

Police say he wasn’t properly prepared with equipment.

Luckily, someone noticed he hadn’t returned to his car and called Glen Innes Police.

The bush walker managed to adapt to the freezing conditions with a makeshift shelter to keep warm.

Patrick Drummond, Rescued Bushwalker: “Both nights’ temperatures got down to about three, four degrees each night. Very clear skies so there is no cloud cover or anything to stay warm.”

The State Emergency Service volunteers searched on foot.

Eventually, a Westpac lifesaver chopper spotted his camp from the air.

Mr. Drummond was taken to hospital for observation.

Jessica Stewart, QUT News.