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Man Survives For Three Weeks In Outback Australia After Running Out Of Fuel

Man Survives For Three Weeks In Outback Australia After Running Out Of Fuel

Most people wouldn't be able to survive a few days if they found themselves stranded in Australia's outback.

But one bloke has managed to keep himself alive for a whopping three weeks, thanks to some hefty survival planning and a good knowledge on what to do in a situation just like this.

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Phillip Blampied was planning to drive 1,500 kilometres from Waroona, south of Perth, to Western Australia's Pilbara region in late December.

Credit: WA Police
Credit: WA Police

When he realised he was running low on fuel and water, he decided to pull over to one of the 51 wells that are dotted along the Canning Stock Route. When he found Well 4 was dry, he turned around and travelled to Well 6, until his 1998 Nissan Patrol carked it 20 kilometres out.

The 61-year-old waited with his car for several days, surviving on the food that was in his car.

He then made the decision to walk for 12-hours to get to Well 6, where he could replenish his water resources.

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Phillip carted a water bottle, a tent and some food for the journey and left a note in his Nissan Patrol to say that he had gone to Well 6.

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Credit: WA Police
Credit: WA Police

He managed to get about halfway on his walk to the next site when a huge storm erupted over him, forcing him to set up his tent early and wait out the rain.

Once he landed at Well 6, he was able to relax for a tiny bit knowing that he had access to water and enough food to last him for a week.

Mr Blampied made another trip back to his Nissan Patrol to write another letter saying that his supplies were okay but will eventually run out, before returning to Well 6.

Credit: WA Police
Credit: WA Police

Imagine surviving in the outback, during peak-summer, making three 12-hour treks and trying to stay calm that help was on its way. Thankfully for Phillip, it was.

When the 61-year-old didn't turn up to his intended destination, an alert was issued that he was missing. Police launched a large air search of the area to see if they could spot him and they managed to see his abandoned car.

Western Australia Police have released an image of the helicopter view, showing just how barren the landscape was around Mr Blampied and how hard it was to spot him from the air.

They also shared photos of his makeshift campsite and praised him for his ingenuity in such a difficult situation.

Featured Image Credit: WA

Topics: News, Australia

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.