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.
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."
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."
A London family are desperately waiting for news after an 18-year-old backpacker went missing in a remote part of Australia. Sam Woodhead from Richmond has not been seen since Tuesday despite a massive search to find him.
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.