Published: Mon, December 02, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Woman rescued from Australian Outback after going missing two weeks ago

Woman rescued from Australian Outback after going missing two weeks ago

Ms McBeath-Riley found water about 1.5km north of the vehicle.

A creek near Alice Springs in Northern Territory.

"It was still quite dirty, not hygienic water but it kept them alive", NT Police Superintendent Pauline Vicary told the Australian Broadcasting Corps.

In the following days NT Police conducted air searches of the Stuarts Well and Owen Springs and Henbury Station area but found no sign of the three, nor of the auto they were travelling in.

"We got some information from a station worker advising that there were some wheel tracks around the White Hill Dam area, it wasn't in one of the areas that we had previously searched".

Claire Hockridge and Phu Tran remain missing and are believed to be severely dehydrated, having been stranded in the outback for the past 13 days. "So to find that's not the case is worrying", McBeath-Riley told reporters.

She was taken to Alice Springs Hospital to be treated for dehydration and exposure, but her companions are yet to be located.

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"As a result of that information, we were able to locate the vehicle and then, from there, they followed some of the other tracks and located it", Vicary said.

The search for two people missing in a remote area south of Alice Springs continues with further aerial searches today. Mr Tran and Ms Hockridge planned to walk towards the highway.

The trio's auto became bogged down in a riverbed southwest of Alice Springs.

A note found in the vehicle, and dated November 21, is guiding Monday's search.

"They left it in the vehicle to say that they had been bogged, and what direction they were going to be going in and to get help".

Ms McBeath-Riley said she chose to stay at the waterhole with a dog that she did not think would survive a walk to the Stuart Highway, which connects Australia's north and south coasts. "There's sandy dunes, there's hard clay, there's areas of dense trees, but there are also rocks and ranges in the area", Ms Vicary said.

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