British backpacker thought 'pick me up now or do me in'
The British backpacker who went missing in the Australian outback for three days and was "hours away from death" told ITV's Daybreak he reached "a desperate point" where he either wanted to be saved or succumb to the harsh conditions.
Sam Woodhead, 18, said rescue helicopters missed an SOS sign he had made from his rugby shorts and thought to himself on the third and final day he was missing, either "pick me up now or do me in."
Speaking from Daybreak's studio in London, Sam's father Peter said it was a "great strategic move of yours not to unpack the contact lens' from your bag two months ago."
The backpacker drank contact lens solution in a bid to stop himself from dehydrating.
His sister, Rebecca, said she expected a "great birthday present" from him and added that her promise of giving her brother a whack "still stands."
A backpacker lost in the Australian outback for three days has spoken of his survival in temperatures reaching more than forty degrees. Former Brighton College head boy Sam Woodhead failed to return to a cattle station in Queensland on Tuesday.
His mother Claire Derry said he was 'within hours of death' when a rescue helicopter spotted his shorts, which the eighteen year old had put on top of an SOS signal. Here Sam speaks for the first time about his ordeal.
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."
A former head boy at Brighton College who went missing in the Australian outback for three days, has been reunited with his mother. Sam Woodhead survived by drinking contact lens solution. Today Claire Derry spoke of her relief after seeing her son again. Toby Sadler reports.
The mother of a Sussex student lost in the Australian outback for more than three days has spoken of her relief after he was found alive. Claire Derry spoke after former Brighton College student Samuel Woodhead survived by drinking contact lens solution and his own urine.
They've been waiting desperately for news. But this morning, a family's prayers were answered. Eighteen--year-old Sam Woodhead, who was missing in the Australian outback for more than three days, has been found alive. Charlotte Wilkins 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.
A backpacker from Sussex who's been missing in the Australian outback since Tuesday, has been found. Former Brighton college student Sam Woodhead, who's 18, was reported missing from a cattle station in Queensland. But he's been found alive, and just a little sunburnt.