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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.


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."



Rescue team searched through the night for missing Brit

Alex Dorr, a search and rescue pilot who was part of the team that found missing British backpacker Sam Woodhead, told ITV's Daybreak a helicopter was "scrambled out last night" as they searched in the dark with night-vision cameras in a bid to find him quickly.

He described the area Woodhead went missing in as "very harsh and unforgiving".

Dorr added: "Not that long ago we had a guy who was missing for a much shorter time and he passed away from dehydration."


Dad: Backpacker's discovery 'beyond wildest dreams'

The father of British backpacker Sam Woodhead, who was found safe and well after missing for three days in the Australian Outback, has told ITV's Daybreak his discovery is "beyond my wildest dreams."

Peter Woodhead said the ordeal had been a "true nightmare", while the backpacker's sister Rebecca said he was found with minor injuries including "sunburn, dehydration and cracked lips."

Missing backpacker found alive in Australia

A backpacker from Richmond in South West London who was 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 Queensland on Tuesday when he went for a jog.

A Queensland 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.

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