Missing French tourist found safe in Australian outback
Woman missing for almost five days in the Australian outback was found safe and well
SYDNEY, February 28, 2008 A French woman missing for almost five days in
the Australian outback was found safe and well Thursday after scrawling a
message to rescuers in the sand, police said.
Searchers in a helicopter found the 22-year-old on Thursday afternoon
shortly after spotting the word "help" written in the sand, Northern Territory
Police said the woman was taken to a medical centre for a health assessment
but appeared fit and well, aside from some dehydration.
She set out alone 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.
"It appears the woman started trekking off the main pathway and became
lost," police said in a statement.
A ground and air search was launched when she failed to check in and police
found a set of footprints and a jacket west of Kathleen Springs in the popular
The woman has not been named.