French tourist missing in Australian outback: police

27th February 2008, Comments 0 comments

22-year-old French woman has been reported missing in the Australian outback after she failed to return two days ago.

   SYDNEY, February 27, 2008 - A 22-year-old French woman has been reported
missing in the Australian outback after she failed to return two days ago from
an overnight bush walk, police said Wednesday.
   The woman set out from Kings Canyon in central Australia on Sunday morning,
telling Parks and Wildlife rangers that she planned to complete a 22-kilometre
(14-mile) bush walk and return the following day.
   Police believe the woman intended to hitchhike back from a popular crossing.
   Rangers alerted police late on Tuesday after she failed to notify them of
her arrival.
   "Police are certainly concerned for her welfare," a police spokeswoman told
AFP from Alice Springs.
   The woman was on her own but well equipped with a tent, food and water, she
said.
   Authorities would continue their ground and helicopter air search until
nightfall and would resume the search on Thursday if the woman failed to
notify them before then.
   In a separate incident, two Japanese men who failed to arrive back from a
three-and-a-half hour walk they took to the Olgas, about 30 kilometres from
Uluru, on Tuesday were found safe and well.
   Both were found early Wednesday afternoon a short distance apart.
   "It appears the pair split up and left the track and became lost," police
said in a statement.
   "They were fit and well, although somewhat dehydrated when rescuers found
them."

AFP 

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