Australia hiker found after becoming lost for five days


Melbourne, Jan. 4 (TNS):  A hiker has been found alive and “really well” after spending five days lost in the Australian bush, officials said here on Thursday.

Julio Ascui, 50, had not been seen since Friday when he posted a selfie in the Grampians National Park, in the state of Victoria.

Authorities and relatives spent days searching for him. They traced the start of the bushwalker’s journey by using photos he had shared online.

Mr Ascui said he was well but thirsty after being found by park rangers.

Asked where he had been, he sighed and said: “Everywhere, man, everywhere.”

“I just come to [go] trekking and, after, I’m lost for five days,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

The Chilean-born Melburnian, a father of two, said he had been using a stream to replenish his water bottle.

He left his home in Melbourne, about 230km (140 miles) away, to go bushwalking on Friday. His car was discovered unattended on Sunday.