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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'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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