In Australia, an autistic boy found after living on his own in the wilderness for four days, is nothing short of a miracle. Eleven-year-old Luke Shambrook was rescued safely Tuesday after he spent four nights in the thick Australian forest.
Fox News reports that the boy was spotted by a police helicopter late Tuesday morning while searching the Fraser National Park area in Victoria state, which was two miles from where his family’s campground was located. Luke went missing from the campground Friday morning, according to Police Commander, Rick Nugent. He said the autistic boy found is doing well and that he’s “exhausted, he’s suffering hypothermia and he’s also dehydrated.”
The worst was feared that Luke had possibly drowned in a nearby lake. Over 120 people were part of the search and rescue effort to find Luke Shambrook. Temperatures reportedly fell to 48 degrees overnight with some rainfall, but things looked up when the child’s beanie was seen where he was seen walking around.
As ABC News reported, it was something small that stuck out to Acting Sgt. Brad Pascoe of Police Air Wing while he was on the helicopter.
“It was quite amazing I just, out of the corner of my eye, just 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 go back and have further look.”
As seen in the video, Luke is seen gazing up at the police helicopter as rescuers focus in on him. A path had to be made through dense brush in order for rescue crews to access the 11-year-old. The boy was seen wandering the wilderness with nothing to eat or drink. To survive four days without anything to live on is a feat in itself, especially for an autistic individual.
The boy’s parents are thrilled that their son was found after he was alone in the Australian forest. It could have turned out so much differently.
Sgt. Pascoe and his team found a happy ending in this search. This is the kind of ending all rescuers hope for.
“We were just absolutely over the moon. All of us in the crew are parents ourselves, and I can only imagine what the parents of Luke had been going through. Just a great reward for everybody’s efforts.”
Luke is said to be in the hospital in stable condition. According to the report, this autistic boy who was found is a very strong and “determined young man.”
[Photo Credit: ABC News/YouTube video]