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Runner Survives After Getting Lost In Outback

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 20, 2013
  • Updated Feb. 20, 2013 at 3:49 PM UTC
Sam Derry-Woodhead sits in the helicopter that rescued him. Photo: Associated Press

The British teen was gone for three days.

It was incredible story of perseverance and survival out of Australia last week.

On Tuesday, Sam Derry-Woodhead of the United Kingdom had been jogging in Upshot Station, a cattle ranch located near Longreach Australia, when he got lost. The 18-year-old had been there as a novice cowboy (known as a “jackaroo” in Australia).

Derr-Woodhead survived for three days in the blazing sun by drinking his contact lens fluid and his own urine. When rescuers found him, he was badly sunburned and had lost over 30 pounds.

“We just happened to see him as he was crossing a clearing,” said rescuer Alex Wright. “He’s been dehydrated. Everything about him, all of his features, looked very sunken.”

A helicopter picked up Derr-Woodhead and when he was aboard, he asked for a popsicle.

Claire Derry, the mother of the runner, had expected the worst when she was informed that rescuers had winched her son to safety.

For More: Commercial Appeal

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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