Police update: Concern for welfare in Alice Springs 7 September

Five people who were reported as missing in the outback east of Alice Springs have been located safe and well by Northern Territory Police today.

It is believed the group who left Alice Springs on Saturday evening inadvertently took a wrong turn and ended up driving five km in the dry river bed of Hale River before their vehicle became bogged.

The group were found walking out from the area on the Ruby Gap Park road during aerial search efforts today.

Three of the people have returned to Alice Springs via the helicopter earlier today. Two others will return with the vehicle once authorities assist in recovering it.

There are no reports of any injuries.

Police, Fire and Emergency Services would like to take this opportunity to remind anyone considering future hiking or camping in/around Central Australia, to invest in an EPIRB prior to undertaking any remote travel.

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