Korean woman survives six nights lost in Australian wilderness

A South Korean backpacker has been rescued after being lost for six nights in the rugged Australian wilderness, police said.

Joohee Han, 25, was last seen at a supermarket in the town of Tully in tropical Queensland state on Thursday last week before telling a friend by phone the following day she was going for a walk at nearby Mount Tyson in a national park that morning, Police Inspector Steve Kersley said.

She had been lost for five days before friends reported her missing on Wednesday, and a search was launched, Mr Kersley said.

Her shouts for help were heard on Saturday by a member of the public, who only informed police on Thursday after learning of the search.

She was found on Thursday by soldiers and police who cut through dense forest to reach her, he said.

“Six days is a long time to be lost in the bush, particularly when you’ve got no bush skills,” Mr Kersley told reporters.

“She’s done well to survive.”

She was winched from the forest by a rescue helicopter, which took her to Tully where she was assessed at a hospital. She was found to be suffering from dehydration and exposure, but relatively was unscathed.

She was wearing long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt and had a raincoat that helped her keep warm, Mr Kersley said.

- Press Association


Related Articles

Report into death of coast guard volunteer Catríona Lucas finds boat was not licensed as required

George Hook takes to the airwaves for the last time to bid farewell to listeners

Readers' blog: Why underwear should not be a factor in consent

Poor drug sales hit Gilead Irish revenues

More in this Section

US Senate backs resolution blaming Saudi crown prince for writer’s death

May delays Commons Brexit showdown until after Christmas

Cardinal denies covering up actions of sex abuse claim priest who was son of 'Lord of the Rings' author

US drivers cause crashes while grabbing cash spilled by van


Lifestyle

Family restaurants serving up more calories than fast food – here are 8 healthy swaps to make

What parents can learn from Mary Poppins

Unmasking Limerick's newest masked rapper

How to stop tensions boiling over this festive season

More From The Irish Examiner