A Victorian man says he survived on berries and fruit after being misplaced in Queensland’s crocodile-infested Daintree rainforest for 3 weeks.
Milan Lemic, 29, disappeared on December 23 after strolling away from his bogged ute at Bairds Crossing close to the rugged Higher Daintree village.
Queensland police mentioned this morning he’d been discovered secure and effectively yesterday afternoon on the Creb Monitor, a number of kilometres north of the village, after being noticed by a motorcyclist.
“He mentioned he’d been consuming berries and fruit and naturally water is plentiful up there,” a police spokeswoman mentioned.
“He has misplaced weight however is in fairly good spirits contemplating he has been away for 3 weeks.”
Mr Lemic is alleged to affected by minor insect bites and scratches.
Mr Lemic advised police he went for a stroll whereas ready for a person who provided to fetch a tractor to assist free his ute, after which grew to become misplaced.
His disappearance sparked a long-running search over the Christmas interval, and a heartfelt plea for info from his household who travelled to far north Queensland.
Preliminary fears he may need been taken by a crocodile have been dismissed after a search of the Daintree River discovered there have been none within the space sufficiently big to take a human.
At one level within the search, considerations have been raised that Mr Lemic could have been actively avoiding rescuers.
On Boxing Day, police mentioned there had been a “credible however unconfirmed” sighting of Mr Lemic within the Daintree space, within the firm of “a brief Indigenous male”.
As December drew to an in depth, police issued a plea for Mr Lemic to contact police or his distraught household.
Police suspended their land, river and air search – utilizing drones, a ship and quad bikes – on December 30.
Mr Lemic’s household, who had earlier travelled to Queensland to affix the search, has been notified of his rescue.