Verloren gelopen Australiër overleeft in de Outback op mieren

A handout photo taken and released by the Western Australia Police on October 13, 2015, shows Reg Foggerdy (C) ,62, who disappeared on October 7 heading to the Shooter's Shack camp near Laverton in the West Australian Goldfields, some 950 kilometres (600 miles) northeast of Perth on a hunting trip, being comforted by police trackers after his discovery. Foggerdy was missing for six days in a remote Australian desert in searing heat without water before being found after surviving by eating black ants, police said. AFP PHOTO / WESTERN AUSTRALIA POLICE ----EDITORS NOTE ---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / WESTERN AUSTRALIA POLICE" NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Een jager die verloren was geraakt in de ‘Outback’, het uitgestrekte niemandsland van Australië, heeft zijn avontuur overleefd door zes dagen lang mieren te eten. Dat maakte de politie bekend. 

De 62-jarige Reginald Foggerdy was op 7 oktober vanop een camping bij Laverton, op zo’n 1.000 kilometer ten noordoosten van Perth, vertrokken om te jagen. Maar toen hij de volgende dag niet terugkeerde, sloeg zijn familie alarm.

An undated handout photo obtained West Australian Police on October 13, 2015, shows Reg Foggerdy, 62, who disappeared on October 7 heading to the Shooter's Shack camp near Laverton in the West Australian Goldfields, some 950 kilometres (600 miles) northeast of Perth, on a hunting trip. Foggerdy was missing for six days in a remote Australian desert in searing heat without water before being found after surviving by eating black ants, police said. AFP PHOTO / WEST AUSTRALIAN POLICE ----EDITORS NOTE ---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / WEST AUSTRALIAN POLICE" NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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De politie startte een zoektocht, onder meer vanuit de lucht. Foggerdy werd uiteindelijk erg verzwakt aangetroffen, in de schaduw van een boom. Hij bleek zich op amper 15 kilometer van de camping te bevinden, maar was wel volledig gedesoriënteerd.

“Hij was extreem uitgedroogd en een beetje verward, maar na het toedienen van de eerste zorgen kon hij alweer opnieuw rechtop zitten en praten”, aldus politieagent Andy Greatwood. De man had zijn hachelijke avontuur overleefd door het eten van zwarte mieren. Water had hij niet bij zich.

A handout photo taken and released by the Western Australia Police on October 13, 2015, shows Reg Foggerdy (C) ,62, who disappeared on October 7 heading to the Shooter's Shack camp near Laverton in the West Australian Goldfields, some 950 kilometres (600 miles) northeast of Perth on a hunting trip, being comforted on a helicopter by police trackers after his discovery. Foggerdy was missing for six days in a remote Australian desert in searing heat without water before being found after surviving by eating black ants, police said. AFP PHOTO / WESTERN AUSTRALIA POLICE ----EDITORS NOTE ---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / WESTERN AUSTRALIA POLICE" NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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