By using Yahoo you agree that Yahoo and partners may use Cookies for personalisation and other purposes

Missing backpacker found: Teenager's sister to give him 'bloody great whack' on his return

Rebecca Lewis
15 February 2013

A teenager who went missing in the dangerous Outback for three days will get "a bloody great whack" from his sister on his return to the UK after he was found alive and well - if a little surburned.

Samuel Woodhead was last seen on Tuesday when he left a cattle station in the remote area of Queensland, Australia, to go for a run.

The 18-year-old from Richmond, London, was found three days after he went missing suffering from sunburn and dehydration but he escaped the ordeal without any major injuries.

He had been staying in the isolated town of Longreach as part of an outback adventure.

A widespread police land and air search was launched as police feared the long-distance runner may have become lost in the scorching temperatures which can reach 39C.

Speaking today his sister Rebecca, 21, said: "We think he is in a helicopter on the way to hospital but as far as we know there’s no broken bones, he’s got minor sunburn and dehydration and cracked lips."

Asked on ITV Daybreak what she would do when Sam got home she said: "I’m going to give him a bloody great whack, I tell you that. There’s a queue, trust me."

View photos

His father, Peter, spoke of the anxious days his family had endured since the teenager's disappearance.

He said: “They’ve been terrible. I suppose the word nightmare these days is much misused really - this really has been a true nightmare, we’ve been up day and night."

Although most of the teenager's family have stayed in the UK, his mother is currently travelling on a plane to Brisbane to join in the search. She will be met in Australia and told the good news.

View photos


Sam was found on Upshot Station, the property he had been staying in, which sprawls across 3,200 acres in a region where the lack of water, venomous snakes and intense heat pose a danger.

Helicopters, motorbikes, planes, horses and neighbours on foot scoured the property and its surroundings.

The rescue team was hampered in its search as the backpacker had not told anybody where he was going.