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Reading man's body 'found in Australia'

Gary Tweddle disappeared after a work conference Credit: Meridian

Police, searching for a British man who went missing in bushland in Australia six weeks ago, say a body has been discovered. Gary Tweddle, 23, was attending a conference in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, when he disappeared after a work dinner.

The computer salesman, who had emigrated to Australia with his family, rang colleagues also staying at the Fairmont Resort in Leura in the early hours of July 17 to say he was lost in the bushland. He has not been heard from since then despite extensive search and rescue efforts.

Police say a body, believed to be that of Mr Tweddle, was found by an ambulance rescue helicopter during a training exercise near bushland in Leura.

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Australia body found in 'extremely tough terrain'

Australian police rescue officers were unable to retrieve a body suspected to be missing Briton Gary Tweddle due to "extremely rough terrain" where it was found.

Joanne Elliott, a spokeswoman for Blue Mountains Local Area Command, said:

The ambulance rescue helicopter was on a training flight over the Blue Mountains when they saw what they believed to be a body.

The location couldn't be accessed on foot and the crew lost all light in the mountains so we're unable to get down to the ground. They will return first thing in the morning with Blue Mountains police.

– Joanne Elliott

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Disappearance of Reading man sparked huge manhunt

The disappearance of Gary Tweddle, who is originally from Reading, sparked the biggest search ever conducted in the Blue Mountains with more than 1,000 officials and volunteers, according to local media reports. A body has now been found, though it's not yet confirmed whether it's Gary.

His father David flew out to Australia from his home in Berkshire to help with the search effort before he returned to the UK last month.A Facebook page titled "Have you seen Gary Tweddle?" has attracted more than 4,500 likes.

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Body found in hunt for Briton missing in Australia

Police searching for a British man who went missing in bushland in Australia six weeks ago have said a body has been discovered.

Gary Tweddle, 23, was attending a conference in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, when he disappeared after a work dinner.

Gary Tweddle went missing in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. Credit: Graeme Atkinson/Press Association Images

The computer salesman, who had emigrated to Australia with his family, rang colleagues also staying at the Fairmont Resort in Leura in the early hours of July 17 to say he was lost in the bushland.

He has not been heard from since then despite extensive search and rescue efforts.

Police said a body believed to be Mr Tweddle was found by an ambulance rescue helicopter during a training exercise near bushland in Leura.

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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 with his mother being interviewed by ITV's Daybreak. Credit: Daybreak

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."

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British backpacker 'very fortunate' to be alive

A British backpacker who went missing for three days in the Australian outback said he felt "very fortunate" to be alive, in an interview with Sky News.

Sam Woodhead was missing for three days. Credit: Family handout

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."

Backpacker due to be released from hospital

The backpacker who went missing in the Australian outback for three days is due to be released from a Queensland hospital later today.

Sam Woodhead has been recovering there after he got lost whilst out jogging.

Sam Woodhead survived for three days by drinking contact lens solution

The 18 year-old survived by drinking by contact lens solution before being found on Friday and was transferred to a hospital in Longreach where he has been since.

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