Grandfather rescued after six days lost in Outback

Published: October 14, 2015
Police find missing man in Outback

A 62-year-old grandfather who went missing in the Western Australian Outback nearly a week ago has been found alive after a massive search and rescue operation.

Reginald Foggerdy survived six days with no water after disappearing while on a hunting trip about 170 kilometres east of Laverton. He stayed alive by eating black ants and, when he was found yesterday by police trackers, was able to communicate.

“He was extremely dehydrated, a bit delusional, but he’s received treatment, first aid, on the ground and it’s fair to say he’s now sitting up and talking, so it’s looking very positive,” police superintendent Andy Greatwood  told 720 ABC Perth. “His last couple of days of survival were achieved by lying down under a tree and eating black ants, so that’s the level of survival that Mr Foggerdy has gone to … he had no water whatsoever for six days.”

Medical teams are now assessing Mr Foggerdy’s health. His sister, Christine Ogden, is just grateful that her has been found and she is full of praise for the more than 40 police and SES personnel who were involved in land and air searches for her brother.

“He had stopped walking,” she told Radio 6PR. “But the searchers never lost faith, I was so impressed with the service – they are just amazing people.”

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