Wednesday 23 October 2019

Hiker with broken leg, arm and no mobile crawls for two days to safety

 

Neil Parker went missing in rugged Australian woodland. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Neil Parker went missing in rugged Australian woodland. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Colin Packham

A hiker has said he crawled for two days through rugged Australian woodland with a broken leg and arm after falling 20ft down a waterfall and then dropping his mobile phone in a creek.

Neil Parker (54) is recovering in a Brisbane hospital after he was rescued by a search helicopter crew on Tuesday from Mount Nebo on the city's outskirts.

The Brisbane resident told reporters in a tearful news conference that he fell on Sunday during what he expected would be a three-hour hike.

He found he was out of phone range at the bottom of a deep gully, then fumbled as he attempted to put his phone back in his pocket.

A search was launched on Monday after he failed to turn up for work and his boss rang his ex-wife, who raised the alarm.

Irish Independent

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