TWAS a sight that the rock-hard manager of one of the Australian Outbackâ€™s remotest cattle stations never expected to see as he drove along a rutted dirt track. From out of the bush stumbled an emaciated, sun-blistered human being.
â€śIt would have scared anybody,â€ť Mark Clifford told The Times. â€śYou canâ€™t imagine how remote it is out here. To be driving in the late afternoon and have a man come out of the bush is very scary.â€ť
For Ricky Megee, 35, the sight of Mr Cliffordâ€™s battered 4x4 was a miracle. He had survived for three months on a diet of frill-necked lizards, snakes, leeches and frogs, after becoming lost while driving more than 3,000 miles (4,800km) across Australia from Brisbane to a job on the northwest coast.
He was barely able to walk. He had lost 132lb (59kg) and weighed less than 7st 2lb (45kg). His skin had been turned brittle and dark by weeks in the sun....
Chiltern, you are right except the emergency pack required tends to become rather large (taking up a lot of vehicle space) but a smaller one won't get you far. You are supposed to carry somthing like 10 litres (2 gallons) of water per person per day alone (and yes, you will get through about this much in summer in the outback). A mobile phone is all but usless, I'm guessing but I think it would not work in at least 85% of the country and sat phones are pricey. An emergency radio beacon is most desirable, you have to stay with the vehicle and pray someone picks it up & that your supplies hold out. Generally once you leave the vehicle you are doomed, this guy is a miracle case for sure.