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British backpacker pays tribute to rescuers in Australia

British backpacker Sam Woodhead said he felt “very fortunate to still be alive” after he was found in the Australian outback three days after going missing.

He said: “I’m extremely grateful to anyone everyone who helped out in any shape or form… If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here today.”

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British backpacker 'very fortunate' to be alive

A British backpacker who went missing for three days in the Australian outback said he felt "very fortunate" to be alive, in an interview with Sky News.

Sam Woodhead was missing for three days. Credit: Family handout

Sam Woodhead became lost after going out for a jog from the Queensland cattle station where he was working.

The 18-year-old lost two stone in weight and survived the blistering 40C heat by drinking contact lens fluid and his own urine.

Woodhead said: "It was a really amazing feeling to be picked up and realise that I was actually going to make it through...and it wasn't going to be the end."

Claire Derry, Sam's mother, said: "His birth was one of the best moments of my life, and this is pretty close to it, getting him back again, because I was pretty convinced it was touch and go. I did an awful lot of praying during that flight."

Backpacker due to be released from hospital

The backpacker who went missing in the Australian outback for three days is due to be released from a Queensland hospital later today.

Sam Woodhead has been recovering there after he got lost whilst out jogging.

Sam Woodhead survived for three days by drinking contact lens solution

The 18 year-old survived by drinking by contact lens solution before being found on Friday and was transferred to a hospital in Longreach where he has been since.

Backpacker recovering in hospital

The mother of the back-packer, who was lost for three days in the Australian outback, says he looks fantastic - despite his ordeal.

Claire Derry has been reunited with her son, Sam, who survived by drinking contact lens solution.

As more details of his dramatic rescue emerge - she says he's incredibly lucky to be alive.Toby Sadler has the story.

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Family of backpacker celebrate

The mother of an eighteen year old student who was missing in the Australian outback for 3 days, said she 'sobbed and sobbed' when she found out he was alive.

Clare Derry was on a flight from Singapore to Australia when the captain came out to tell her the good news that Sam had been rescued.

Sam is on a gap year, and had disappeared while out running earlier this week. ITV News were the first people to speak to his mum when she landed in Australia.

Meanwhile, back here Sam's dad and sister were also celebrating the news, as Paul Brand reports.

ITV News speaks to mother of backpacker found after three days missing

The mother of a backpacker from Richmond, who's been missing in the Australian Outback for more than three days, has spoken of her relief after he found safe and well.

Eighteen year old Samuel Woodhead was reported missing in Queensland on Tuesday after he never returned from a jog. ITV News' Hannah Emerson-Thomas was the first to speak to his mother Claire, as she touched down in Australia to see him.

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Family overwhelmed after missing Brit found

The sister of British backpacker Sam Woodhead, who was found safe and well in the Australian Outback, told ITV's Daybreak she was going to "give him a great whack" when she next sees him.

Sam's father Peter Woodhead thanked all the people who found his son: "We have just had so much support from friends and family. I would like to put on air the thanks we give to everyone who joined in their search effort. He owes his life to them."

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