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Missing Londoner found alive in Australia

Sam Woodhead Photo: Family photo

A British backpacker from Richmond, missing in the Australian Outback for more than three days, has been found safe and well.

Samuel Woodhead, 18, disappeared from a cattle station in the Australian state of Queensland on Tuesday when he went for a jog. A land and air search was later launched.

A police spokesman said Mr Woodhead was a little sunburned when he was found, but was hydrated and otherwise well.

His family, who spoke of their concern to ITV News London yesterday, has been told. His sister, Rebecca, broke the good news this morning on Facebook, saying, "We have been told that they have found Sam!! We have no information on his condition or where he was found yet, so keep your fingers crossed."

Sam is being returned to the homestead at the central Queensland cattle station where he was staying for a medical assessment, before being transferred to a hospital in the nearby town, Longreach.

Local authorities launched a search for Mr Woodhead amid fears he may have become lost in the hot, isolated region. Temperatures there this week have been around 37C (98.6 Fahrenheit).