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    Australia - Missing British backpacker is found alive

    Australia - Missing backpacker is found alive

    A 19-year-old British backpacker missing in Australia for 12 days has been found alive.

    Jamie Neale, from Muswell Hill, north London, went missing in dense bushland in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

    New South Wales Police said two "bushwalkers" alerted emergency services after finding Mr Neale.

    His mother Jean Neale told the BBC she "had no doubt" her son would be found alive. He has been taken to Katoomba Hospital with dehydration and exposure.

    Mr Neale's father, Richard Cass, who had flew to Australia to join the search, was reunited with his son, who he said looked "gaunt", on Wednesday morning.

    Mr Cass told Australian newspaper, The Age, said: "The millions that have been spent on this search, the man hours and woman hours that have gone into it... all because he goes out on a walk without his mobile phone.

    "The only teenager in the world who goes on a 10-mile hike and leaves his mobile phone behind.''

    He just said that he wanted to hear my voice, that he didn't think he'd see me again
    Jean Neale, mother

    New South Wales Police said Mr Neale had checked into the Katoomba Youth Hostel on 2 July.

    He was last seen the following morning but his personal belongings including a mobile phone, his passport and other personal papers were still in his room.

    When he failed to return for a pre-booked tour of a cave system a search was launched.

    Mr Neale had not intended to go missing, the BBC was told.

    It is understood he had gone for a walk but got lost and did not know how far he had wandered into the wilderness.

    He is said to have slept under trees and logs and eaten local nettles to survive.

    The teenager was eventually found near what police have described as the Narrow Neck fire trail, near Katoomba, and about nine miles from where he went missing.


    Officers reached him in a Rural Fire Service vehicle before he was taken to hospital.

    Mrs Neale said she always "stayed positive" he would be found.

    "I always knew that I would see Jamie again," she told the BBC.

    "He's very stubborn, he's very persistent and he's very resourceful, so I had no doubt that he would get through it.

    He was going out for a day trip, but took 12 days to come back - very, very lucky
    New South Wales Police spokesman

    "He just said that he wanted to hear my voice, that he didn't think he'd see me again, and I told him, you don't get rid of me that easily."

    Mr Neale is described as being in a stable condition in hospital.

    A spokesman for New South Wales police told reporters that the search for him had covered "in excess of one hundred square kilometres".

    "He was going out for a day trip, but took 12 days to come back - very, very lucky," the spokesman said.

    Just an hour before he was found, the spokesman said he had spoken to Mr Cass about his "grave concerns" for his son.

    'Cuts and grazes'

    He told Mr Cass: "The longer the search goes on the less I think we will find Jamie alive and I have to prepare you for that."

    Jamie's aunt, Caroline Neale, said her family had felt "helpless" during the days he was missing

    But speaking first to the BBC about the moment she heard he was alive, she said: "My sister phoned me and told me.

    "She just said 'They've found my baby'. It's amazing.
    "As far as I know he has just got a few cuts and grazes. He is really tough."

    BBC correspondent Phil Mercer in Sydney described Mr Neale's ordeal as "a remarkable story of resilience".

    Rescuers had been hampered during the 12 days of their search by poor winter weather, including thick fog, rain and freezing temperatures, he said.

    And the BBC's Nick Bryant in Sydney said police were on the verge of calling off the search just hours before Mr Neale was found.

    The search involved units from the the Blue Mountains Local Area Command, a dog unit, the Rural Fire Service (RFS), State Emergency Service (SES), Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).

    The UK Foreign Office has confirmed it is providing "consular assistance" to police.


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    His family must be overjoyed... nice one.

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    it said on tv that he was identified by the backpackers after showing them his
    passport ? didnt look much beard growth for 12 days ? hope he repays the aussies from his film or book deal ? no mobile 19 left in room kids dont cross the road with out one these days this stinks

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillo View Post
    it said on tv that he was identified by the backpackers after showing them his
    passport ? didnt look much beard growth for 12 days ? hope he repays the aussies from his film or book deal ? no mobile 19 left in room kids dont cross the road with out one these days this stinks
    Does not seem to add up what did he eat for 12 days and no mobile!!!!

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    His beard looked trimmed to me.

    I reckon he's faking it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nietzsche View Post
    His beard looked trimmed to me.

    I reckon he's faking it.
    Bullocks - He's only 19 years old for Pete's sake and was missing for less than 2 weeks - how much beard were you able to grow at that age?

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillo View Post
    it said on tv that he was identified by the backpackers after showing them his
    passport ? didnt look much beard growth for 12 days ? hope he repays the aussies from his film or book deal ? no mobile 19 left in room kids dont cross the road with out one these days this stinks
    There was a big story years ago in Oz about a guy stranded on a island or where ever for something like 3 weeks with only a mars bar. The guy got lots of cash for the story and then there was quite a bit of skepticism. Anyone remember?

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    Jamie Neale 'falls out' with father over cash
    July 26, 2009

    The father of a British teenager who survived 12 nights in the Australian bush is locked in a feud with his son over the money made from television appearances, he told Britain's The Mail on Sunday newspaper.

    Richard Cass, 54, said the relationship with his 19-year-old son Jamie Neale had turned "murderously nasty" over the cash he received for recounting his story.

    "I'm not sure if we're going to be on speaking terms for a very long time," he told The Mail.

    Neale hit the jackpot last week after earning $200,000 selling his amazing tale of survival in the NSW Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

    The teenager, who went bushwalking on July 3 and spent the next 12 days surviving on bush tucker and sleeping under logs, earned the money in a tell-all interview with the Nine Network's 60 Minutes program.

    The Mail on Sunday said the teenager had yet to hand over Cass's slice of the money.

    "I feel I have been robbed by my own son. I was so glad when he was found but it's gone from being such a feelgood thing to being murderously nasty. The son I found isn't the son I went out to look for," Cass told The Mail.

    But Neale told AAP on Saturday he was yet to receive the money.

    "I am yet to receive the 60 Minutes money - it's due next week - but I want to state that what I do with that money is a matter for me," he said in a statement.

    Cass, who flew to Australia after his son went missing but is now back in England, told The Mail: "He knows he's got to give me some of the money and I will be happy. I want him to make that step that will enable us to reconcile. I feel terrible that this dark incident has now blighted Jamie's return from the dead.

    "I would back down in that I don't want to lose contact with him but it would gnaw away at me. I feel betrayed."

    Neale said he had made a deal with his dad, who also appeared in the television interview.

    "I had an agreement with my father regarding his involvement in the 60 Minutes interview - he wanted his flights and the rescue party paid for.
    "I agreed to that and I intend on honouring that commitment," he said.

    Cass said there was "an argument in Australia that says why should taxpayers pay for very expensive searches for idiots, especially foreigners, who don't take proper precautions," adding: "I feel tremendous sympathy with that view," The Mail reported.

    Neale told AAP that, as part of the 60 Minutes deal, the rescue services would receive $100,000 worth of local advertising to inform the public about how to prepare for hikes, such as the safety beacons scheme, in the hope it could avert the cost of future searches.

    "That was one of the major reasons I decided to do the interview with Channel Nine," he said.

    Neale said: "I do not plan to get into a public slanging match with my father and will deal with any issues in private."

    Neale's story made headlines around the world. Not yet well enough to fly, he is expected to remain in Australia for a further six to eight weeks.
    AFP/AAP

    theage.com.au

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    Should have left him to his doom, ungrateful little shit.

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