An 11 year old autistic boy has been found alive after going missing on Friday in the Australian bush.
Luke Shambrook was spotted by a police search helicopter at the last minute.
Victoria Police Acting Sergeant Brad Pascoe, spotted the young man from the corner of his eye as he flew past.
He was seen walking in rugged terrain three kilometres from the Lake Eildon National Park campsite where he was last seen.
Victoria Police Acting Commander Rick Nugent told reporters: “In some ways it’s a miracle.” According to the Commander, he was suffering from exhaustion, dehydration and hypothermia.
NBC news reports:
He was found in thick scrub after a few days of cold, wet weather, Nugent said. Shambrook had been reunited with his family and was receiving medical treatment, officials added.
The boy’s disappearance near a campground 70 miles northeast of Melbourne on Friday sparked a widespread search — involving dogs, helicopters, motorcycles, and some 40 volunteers from nearby towns.
Acting Sergeant Brad Pascoe from Police Air Wing talks us through the moment he spotted missing boy Luke Shambrook. https://t.co/gFRqLNe077
— Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) April 7, 2015
The boy was spotted by Acting Sgt. Brad Pascoe aboard one of the police’s Air Wing helicopter fleet. “It was quite amazing,” Pascoe said. “I just out of the corner of my eye caught a little flash of something it wasn’t much but it was enough to make me get the guys to turn the aircraft around and have a further look.”
“In some ways it’s a miracle,” Nugent told reporters, according to Australia’s Channel 7. “To spot him now is an absolute relief.”
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