Teen Hiker Survived 12 Days in Aussie Bush Eating Weeds, Seeds

July 15, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A 19-year-old British backpacker used all of his survival skills to stay alive for 12 days in a remote mountainous region of Katoomba, Australia, west of Sydney, eating weeds, seeds and sleeping under logs to stay warm. He was found by two hikers near a trail on Wednesday, gaunt, dehydrated and marred by a few scratches, but otherwise no worse for the wear.

Jamie Neale, an ardent hiker, arrived in Australia ready for an Aussie adventure and planned to backpack in the wilderness of the Blue Mountains, a popular area for hikers. He left his youth hostel in Katoomba on July 3, and walked into the wild mountainous terrain for a hike.

Unfortunately, Neale left his cell phone behind and didn’t tell anyone where he was going. When you are 19, you feel invincible. Neale didn’t return to his hostel and a 12-day search ensued, involving helicopters flying over the dense wilderness looking for sightings of the lost teenager.

After 12 days, Neale’s father Richard Cass was beginning to lose hope that his son was alive and even held a vigil in the mountains to commemorate his son’s life, before planning to fly home to England. Luckily and miraculously, Neale was found and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of exhaustion and dehydration.

“I heard the news and I gave a great shout, ‘My boy’s been found!” “It was great,” said Cass.

Neale’s father, hovering over his son’s hospital bed was overjoyed at the sight of his son, but as a dad he couldn’t resist chiding his son for his lack of preparation, noting that Neale was a poster child for “what not to do” when going into the bush.

“Leave your phone behind, don’t tell anyone, don’t phone anyone, don’t sign the bush register, wear dark clothing. I mean, Jesus Christ, Jamie,” exclaimed Cass, as he smiled at the sight of his son alive.

Assistant Commissioner Denis Clifford commended Neale for surviving so long in the remote wilderness environment.



One Response to “Teen Hiker Survived 12 Days in Aussie Bush Eating Weeds, Seeds”

  1. grasshopper on July 18th, 2009 12:25 pm

    if Neale wrote a book about what he went through and how exactly he survived that long out in the wild, i would probably buy it

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