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Scottish boy dies while hiking in Australian Outback

Published on Dec 24, 2012 9:50 AM
 

SYDNEY (AFP) - A 14-year-old Scottish boy has died in searing heat in the harsh Australian Outback while hiking with his father, police said.

Ewan Williamson, who arrived in Australia in mid-December, collapsed four hours into the walk in the Cape Range National Park on Friday with little water or shade as temperatures soared above 40 deg Cel.

In naming the boy who died in hospital, police said late Sunday that his father alerted authorities who located the pair 20 km south of Exmouth in Western Australia.

The cause of death is yet to be determined but reports said he was severely dehydrated.

 
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