A man is lucky to be alive after surviving three weeks lost in the bush with his dog after their car got stuck in mud, armed with enough water to last
A man is lucky to be alive after surviving three weeks lost in the bush with his dog after their car got stuck in mud, armed with enough water to last just a few days.
Robert Weber, 58, was last seen leaving the Kilkivan Hotel Motel in Queensland in a white 2000 model Ford Falcon on January 6 with his dog.
He was driving along an unfamiliar road when his car got bogged, with the pair staying with the car for three days hoping help would arrive.
But when they ran out of water, Mr Weber was forced to leave the vehicle in desperate search of assistance – with his abandoned car discovered by investigators on January 17.
On January 24, three weeks after he went missing, he was miraculously found sitting under a tree near a dam by local MP Tony Perrett and his wife Michelle.
Robert Weber, 58, was last seen leaving the the Kilkivan Hotel Motel in Queensland on January 6 (Pictured: Mr Weber after being found)
Mr Weber’s car, a white 2000 model Ford Falcon (pictured) was found on January 17 which prompted a search
‘We’d been past this dam on numerous occasions over the last week and when we saw him there it was just quite extraordinary,’ Mr Perrett told ABC.
‘Just this morning it was good fortune that he was there and we were able to locate him.
Mr Perrett had decided to keep searching for the local man, despite police calling off the search.
They found him just 3km from where workmen discovered his car last week.
‘He said he was trying to get to Caboolture and he got disorientated … he became lost and didn’t know where he was,’ the MP explained.
Mr Weber revealed that he survived off wild mushrooms and water from the dam after running out of his own supplies.
During his search for shelter, Mr Weber had become disorientated in days of 30C heat and separated from his dog – which is still missing.
Mr Weber revealed that he survived off wild mushrooms and water from the dam after running out of his own supplies
‘He remained at his car with his dog for three days before running out of water,’ police said in a statement.
‘He left on foot and became lost and remained at a dam where he survived by sleeping on the ground, drinking dam water and eating mushrooms.
‘Mr Weber was conveyed to hospital suffering exposure to the elements but was otherwise safe and well.’
Just a few days before the miraculous discovery, police had suspended the air and land search for the missing man.
‘After a week of searching dense bushland, rivers, dams and steep terrain during wet conditions … the decision was made to discontinue the search for the Nerangba man, who has not been seen in that period,’ Queensland Police said on Thursday.
‘A search of the immediate surrounds led by police with the assistance of State Emergency Services personnel and aerial assets concluded yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon.’