Published: Mon, December 02, 2019

Woman found after being missing nearly two weeks

Woman found after being missing nearly two weeks

A search will resume for two people after a woman was found alive near the trio's bogged vehicle south of Alice Springs two weeks after they went missing.

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.

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.

She added: "We found a cow waterhole, but it is what it is and you do what you got to do, we had to drink from that to survive".

"During the day it's just really hot so we dug ourselves under the auto". They boiled water from a nearby cattle watering hole they'd found, using a shirt as a sieve, and finally ran through all of the rations they had: biscuits, beef noodles, and some cans of iced vodka.

They eventually made a decision to split up to get help.


Northern Territory Police despatched helicopters to search for the trio.

McBeath-Riley told reporters the group initially survived by digging holes under their auto to shelter from the sun. They eventually spotted Ms McBeath-Riley about 1.5km away from the vehicle after a local person reported seeing tyre tracks.

Supt Vicary said the terrain in the area was diverse.

"Sensibly she appears to have stayed where the water is and has been drinking that and that's probably what kept her going", Ms Vicary said. She was airlifted to a roadhouse about 55 miles from Alice Springs, where paramedics found her breaking her fast with beer, cola and french fries, said Andrew Everingham, the regional manager for St. John Ambulance.

Ms McBeath-Riley said after she and her companions found a waterhole, her companions began trekking 20km toward a highway on Thursday.

Police are stepping up their search for the pair. "There's sandy dunes, there's hard clay, there's areas of dense trees, but there are also rocks and ranges in the area".

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