A man and woman who were missing for two weeks in Australia's arid outback, have been found alive, but a third person is still missing, police said on Tuesday, December 3rd, AFP reported.
Authorities were first alerted that the three people were missing a week after they set out to explore the country's vast sun-baked interior near Alice Springs on November 19th. Police found their bogged car in a river on Sunday afternoon, with a note on the windshield dated November 21st.
The trio stuck together for several days until supplies ran out, before sourcing water from a nearby waterhole and drinking it, and then two of them decided to walk in the hope of finding help.
The man, 40-year-old Phu Tran, was found by a pastoralist on Tuesday, Police said adding that he was "slightly disorientated" but in a "good condition" after a two-day walk from the vehicle.
He was found alive after Tamra McBeath-Riley, 52, was also found on Sunday less than two kilometers from the same vehicle suffering from dehydration.
McBeath-Riley said that the trio, accompanied by their blue Staffordshire terrier Raya, had survived by drinking pre-mixed vodka drinks and water from a hole dug for cattle, eating biscuits and sheltering in a hole dug under her car.
A search continues for the third person, 46-year-old Claire Hockridge, who has not been seen since splitting from Phu two days ago. "She was still fine when she left but we obviously are now focusing our search to identify where she is," police superintendent Pauline Vicary said.