Woman survives 12 days in Australian outback after finding waterhole
A woman who was stranded in the arid central Australian Outback almost two weeks ago has been rescued, and a search was continuing Monday for her two friends.
Tamra McBeath-Riley, 52, was being treated in an Alice Springs hospital for dehydration and exposure after she was found late Sunday, Police Superintendent Pauline Vicary said. The air search continued on Monday for her friends Claire Hockridge, 46, and Phu Tran, 40.
The three set out from Alice Springs for an afternoon drive on Nov. 19 and their car became bogged in a riverbed southwest of the town.
McBeath-Riley found water about 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) north of the car.
“Sensibly she appears to have stayed where the water is and has been drinking that and that’s probably what kept her going,” Vicary said.
McBeath-Riley said she and her companions found a waterhole. Her companions began trekking 20 kilometres (12 miles) toward a highway on Thursday, planning to avoid the desert heat, which came close to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in recent days, by walking at night and carrying up to 7 litres (15 pints) of water.
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