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A mother and son were lost for 10 days in the Australian bush, only to survive thanks to having watched Bear Grylls programmes.
Michelle Pittman and nine-year-old Dylan, set out for a walk in the Mount Royal National Park on Monday 2 October, however they became lost after they mistook dried up creeks for walking tracks.
Fearing for their lives they had to resort to using survival tactics inspired by the TV exploration expert.
Credit: Pittman Family
Ten days later they were found by authorities in New South Wales' park dehydrated, but besides for a few of insect bites, otherwise healthy.
Hunter Valley Acting Superintendent Rob Post told News.com.au: "It is amazing they have actually survived for so long.
"Even more amazing is that nine-year-old Dylan has come out with insect bites but quite fit and able - he looks like he could do the whole thing again.
"Michelle is quite weak and is in hospital recovering.
"It's quite amazing the way they've managed to gather water, they made reference to Bear Grylls.
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"She mentioned they had watched the shows and got some tips out of that which assisted them.
"They licked the moisture off plants to help keep hydrated. There were dried up creek beds where they sourced water by digging.
"They bounced off each other, she was getting weaker but the fact she was there made him stronger."
Ambulance Inspector Andrew Stevenson said that the two of them were in 'remarkably good physical condition' considering what they had been through.
This was due to 'some quiet ingenious survival tactics' they learned from watching Grylls' television shows.
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He added: "The search terrain was really quite hostile in some areas.
"There are some steep slopes and thick scrub and it drops off by about 500 metres in some parts of the search area.
"The body does some strange things when put into stressful situations."
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