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Phillip Blampied survives three weeks stranded in the Outback in Western Australia

Driver survives THREE WEEKS lost and alone in the Outback as temperatures soared to 40C – as the incredible note that saved him is revealed

  • Phillip Blampied, 61, set off from Waroona, south of Perth, in late December 
  • Planned to make the 1,500km trip to the Pilbara in Western Australia’s north
  • The experienced outback traveller realised he was in trouble in early January
  • His Nissan Patrol was running low on fuel and water supplies were depleting 

A four-wheel-driver miraculously survived three weeks stranded in the Outback battling extreme weather after his car ran out of petrol.   

Phillip Blampied, 61, set off from Waroona, south of Perth, to make the 1,500km trip to the Pilbara in Western Australia’s north in late December. 

The experienced Outback traveller realised he was in trouble in early January while driving along the vast landscapes of the Canning Stock Route, the longest of its kind in the world. 

His Nissan Patrol, a 1998 model, was running low on fuel and his water supplies were depleting, so he stopped at one of the 51 wells scattered along the historic route.

But Mr Blampied arrived at Well 4 on January 13 to find it was bone dry.

Phillip Blampied is pictured at his makeshift camp after his car ran out of petrol in the Western Ausrtalian Outback 

The experienced Outback traveller realised he was in trouble in early January while driving along the vast landscapes of the Canning Stock Route (pictured)

The experienced Outback traveller realised he was in trouble in early January while driving along the vast landscapes of the Canning Stock Route (pictured) 

He turned around to go back to Well 6, where he knew there was water and places he could seek shelter from the volatile weather. But his car stopped 20km short.  

The 61-year-old stayed with the vehicle for a few days before setting off for the 12-hour walk to Well 6, carrying food, water, a tent – and leaving a note for potential rescuers. 

‘Have gone back to Well 6. Out of fuel!,’ he scribbled on the notepad, recording the date and time. 

Another setback came about halfway through the 12-hour trek, when torrential rain forced him to set up his tent and sleep the night.    

'Have gone back to Well 6. Out of fuel!,' he scribbled on the notepad, recording the date and time

‘Have gone back to Well 6. Out of fuel!,’ he scribbled on the notepad, recording the date and time

He continued on the next morning and made it to Well 6, where he stayed until his food supplies ran out.

By this time, he had been reported missing and police had launched a massive aerial search.   

Mr Blampied returned to his vehicle on January 23, this time without incident, where he wrote a final letter saying he was heading back to Well 6 and had enough supplies to survive seven more days. 

He’d only have to wait four. Late on Sunday, a search plane spotted Mr Blampied’s abandoned car.     

A charter helicopter was dispatched and rescue teams reached Mr Blampied's car - and discovered his note. He was found at Well 6 at 8.30am on Monday

A charter helicopter was dispatched and rescue teams reached Mr Blampied’s car – and discovered his note. He was found at Well 6 at 8.30am on Monday

‘The area it was found in had received a large amount of rainfall during January due to the cyclone activity,’ police said, adding the conditions made it difficult to search the area. 

The following morning, a charter helicopter was dispatched and rescue teams reached Mr Blampied’s car – and discovered his note.     

He was found at Well 6 at 8.30am on Monday. 

Police shared images of Mr Blampied’s makeshift camp and posed for photos with the relived outback traveller moments after he was found.   

They said the incident served as a ‘timely reminder’ people travelling in the outback should always carry a Personal Locator Beacon. 

Police shared images of Mr Blampied's makeshift camp and posed for photos with the relived outback traveller moments after he was found

Police shared images of Mr Blampied’s makeshift camp and posed for photos with the relived outback traveller moments after he was found

 

 

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