Jamie Neale, a gap year student from London, survived 12 days in the hostile Australian bush by making blankets out of tree barks on the freezing winter nights, drinking rainwater from leaves and eating seeds and wild plants.
Police Superintendent, Anthony McWhirter says that it was the “greatest tale of survival that we’ve seen in the mountains.”
After being discharged from hospital, the 19-year-old was offered a cash deal for an interview on Australian TV but the money will go to the people who put in the resources to find him.
This will probably quench the rumor that Neale staged his ordeal for the money. According to McWhirter, there was nothing to suggest that the situation was anything but credible.
Jamie thanks everyone involved for their help in his rescue.