Australian hiker rescued after crawling for two days with broken leg and wrist


An Australian hiker said on Wednesday he had to crawl for two days through scrubland before he was rescued after falling six meters down a waterfall, breaking his leg and wrist.

Neil Parker, 54, said he was walking alone on Mount Nebo, 32 km west of Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, when he fell.

"Straight away, I thought, 'I'm now in a lot of trouble because no-one knows where I am,'" Parker told reporters from his hospital bed.

Parker, an experienced hiker, said he tried to phone for help but his mobile phone had been damaged in the fall.

He decided to crawl about three km to an area where he believed search and rescue workers would better be able to spot him.

Parker said painkillers and protein bars he had packed for his hike had helped him survive the painful and painstaking journey.

"I could only get a meter or a meter-and-a-half each time before I had to stop," Parker said. "What took me 40 minutes to walk up took me nearly two days to crawl back down."

Parker was eventually spotted by a rescue helicopter and winched out on Tuesday afternoon.

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Wow! Amazing story.  Hope he fully recovers and is able to get back out there again!

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You should always tell somebody where you are going and when you'll be back. He's lucky he didn't run into a brown snake on his crawl. They are very common in that area and are just starting to become active after winter. He's very lucky!

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Very lucky to have been found.

""Straight away, I thought, 'I'm now in a lot of trouble because no-one knows where I am,"

Should be a mantra.

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As an experienced hiker and a guide, I guess he thought the rules didn't apply to him. Going into the bush alone w/o telling anyone is a rookie mistake. He's lucky he lived.

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A movie in the making. This reminds me of 48 hours.

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I learned it from reading Jack London: Never travel in the wilderness alone.

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this just proves my opposition to exercising in the Aussie bush is totally valid! Anyrime I want to see nature, I just turn on a tv nature show. If, one day, I stupidly decide to exercise again, I'll set up a tv in front of my high tech exercise bike, and 'go for a ride in the bush', can't get bitten, fall off a waterfall or get lost!

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