Two rescued in Australian outback after half-day trek for help

Sydney: A father and son have been rescued in the remote Australian outback after their car became bogged in floodwaters, forcing a 12-hour trek for help.

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A 10-year-old boy and his father were among a group of travellers whose car became stuck near Queensland’s Mount Isa on Sunday night, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue said in a statement.

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After spending the night in their car, the boy and his father stayed behind while three of the group set off to get help – walking 50 kilometres (31 miles) across remote country to reach a local police station on Monday night.

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They managed to point out the pair’s location on the map and a rescue was launched.

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A rescue helicopter found the father and son sitting on the roof of their car and both were flown back to Mount Isa airport without any injuries.

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Rescuers said the pair were in good spirits following the ordeal and staying by their vehicle had been key to the rescue.

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“Despite having to wait such a long time to be rescued, they remained with their vehicle until help arrived,” RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Pilot Russell Proctor said.

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Australia is experiencing the La Nina weather pattern this summer, which draws heavier than usual rainfall across the country and can increase chances of flash flooding.

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