Brit backpacker 'very fortunate'

British backpacker Sam Woodhead, 18, who was missing in the Australian Outback for more than three days said he felt "very fortunate" to be alive.

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Sister's plea for info on teen missing in Australian outback

Sam Woodhead. Credit: Family handout.

The sister of a back-packer who has gone missing in Australia has issued an anxious plea for news on Facebook.

Rebecca Woodhead urged people to contact her "ASAP" if they heard anything from her brother Sam.

She wrote: "If anyone hears from my brother please contact me ASAP".

In another posting, she added: "Thanks so much for all your messages regarding Sam.

"Still no further news but we have the helicopter going out again in the morning, Aus time, and hundreds of people going on a voluntary search party. will keep you all posted."

Sam Woodhead, who is 18-years-old and reportedly from Richmond Upon Thames in Surrey, disappeared on Tuesday afternoon after failing to return from a run.

His mother is understood to have urged police to widen the search on the grounds that her son, an experienced long-distance runner, could have travelled some way from his base, near the town of Longreach.

'British backpacker' missing in Australian outback

Police have launched a land and air search for a British backpacker missing in the Australian outback after he failed to return after going for a run.

The 18-year-old male, named by local media as Sam Woodhead from London, left the cattle station where he was staying at 5.30pm on Tuesday, but was not found to be missing until Wednesday morning.

Local Sergeant Dave Perry told Brisbane newspaper The Courier-Mail that the owner of the property in the remote town of Longreach, Queensland, had "gone to chase him out of bed" but saw it was empty and call the police.

Described as a "health and fitness fanatic", Queensland Police fear the teenager may have become disorientated while running in unfamiliar territory as temperatures reached 39C in the daytime.

His backpack and running shoes were missing from his room but his other belongings, including his wallet, were still there, police said.

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