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Missing British backpacker found safe and well in harsh Australian Outback

Published on Feb 15, 2013 2:40 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - A British backpacker missing for three days in Australia's harsh Outback was found safe and well on Friday following a major rescue operation, police said.

Mr Samuel Woodhead, 18, was last seen on Tuesday evening setting off from the Upshot Station homestead, about 130km from the far-flung central Queensland town of Longreach.

"He was found early this afternoon. He's been found safe and well, apart from suffering from a little bit of sunburn," a Queensland police spokesman told AFP.

"We understand he's in the process of being transported to Longreach Base Hospital," he said, adding that Mr Woodhead had no major injuries but was being taken to the clinic as a precaution.

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