Stranded 10-Year-Old and Father Rescued After Group Walks 12 Hours to Raise Alarm in Outback Australia

A father and his 10-year-old son were rescued from floodwaters in remote northwest Queensland after their companions walked for twelve hours to raise the alarm on December 28.

The group’s ute became bogged in floodwaters, west of Mount Isa, on Sunday, December 27.

The occupants spent the night in the car, before three of them set off around at around 6 am on Monday to walk to Mount Isa, to call for help for the father and son who remained behind.

After walking around 50 kilometres, the trio arrived at a police station around 6 pm and pointed on a map to where their companions were stranded.

The Mount Isa-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was tasked shortly after and flew directly to the location.

The crew located the man and child sitting on the roof of a vehicle and landed the helicopter on a dry patch of land nearby.

The pair did not require medical attention and were flown to Mount Isa Airport in good spirits.

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Pilot Russell Proctor said the father and son did all the right things.

“They had water with them. Despite having to wait such a long time to be rescued, they remained with their vehicle until help arrived.” Credit: RACQ LifeFlight Rescue via Storyful