A man who became stranded and without water in the harsh Central Australian outback has been located alive by Northern Territory Police yesterday.
Just before 7am on Thursday, officers in the Joint Emergency Services Call Centre received a call from a man saying he’d run out of water and was walking back to Kintore.
Remote police officers travelled to the area, where they located his vehicle and some foot prints 50km west of Kintore.
Further land searches by police and local Aboriginal Liaison Officers continued throughout the day where temperatures reached 42 degrees.
Police located the 52-year-old man alive near a dirt track under a tree approximately 10km from Kintore just after 3pm.
The man was severely dehydrated, having not had any water for several hours and been exposed to severe heat throughout the day. He was taken to the local clinic for treatment before being medevac’d to Alice Springs.
Search and Rescue Incident Controller Senior Sergeant Michael Potts said the recovery of the man was as a result of team work by Kintore police and Aboriginal Liaison Officer and community members.