5 July 2023

Cattle station worker found after four days lost in rugged Cape bush

| Sarah Martin
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A man has been found after four days in remote bushland near Pormpuraaw. Photo: Queensland Police

A man has been found after four days in remote bushland near Pormpuraaw. Photo: Queensland Police

A CATTLE station worker is lucky to be alive after spending four days lost with no food or water in rugged terrain at a remote station near Pormpuraaw.

A search and rescue operation was launched on Saturday after the man didn’t come home from working on a shed at the station the day before.

Station staff began the search, before calling for help. Queensland Police, State Emergency Services and local rangers joined the operation.

The man was found at about 8.30am on Monday after spending four days in the bush without food or clean water.

Search and rescue coordinator Senior Constable Bayden Docking said the successful operation was a reminder about the importance of preparedness and prompt action.

“We cannot thank our local SES and volunteer community members enough,” Snr Cst Docking said.

“Emergency services would like to remind everyone to remain cautious and prepared when venturing into unfamiliar or remote areas.

“Always let someone know where you are going and when you are expected back so they can raise the alarm should you not return as planned, which is what happened in this case.”

The man was transported to Pormpuraaw Health Centre for medical treatment following his ordeal.

Snr Cst Docking urged people travelling, living and working in remote areas to consider the use of a personal locator beacon or some form of communication, and to ensure adequate water, food and protection from the elements.

“You could find yourself in an emergent situation when you least expect it.”

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