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Re: [at-l] 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness!

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"David F. Addleton" wrote:

> http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/asiapcf/9908/22/BC-Australia-MissingTour.ap/
> Missing American tourist found alive in Australian desert
> Bogucki, right, speaks with a rescuer after spending 40 days lost in
> the desert
> CNN's Michael Holmes reports on what the rescued man said of his
> ordeal
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> August 23, 1999
> Web posted at: 10:50 a.m. EDT (1450 GMT)
> PERTH, Australia (AP) -- An American tourist was found alive early
> Monday after surviving for 40 days in one of Australia's most
> inhospitable regions.
> Robert Bogucki, 33, a volunteer fireman from Fairbanks, Alaska, was
> spotted in a dry creek bed in the Great Sandy Desert by searchers in a
> helicopter and was transferred to a hospital in Broome, 1,600
> kilometers (1,000 miles) north of Perth, Western Australia's state
> capital.
> Wayne Waller, a television reporter aboard the helicopter, said
> Bogucki was "very, very happy to be found."
> "He was just bewildered. He's tired, he just wants to go home."
> Waller said Bogucki lost about 20 kilograms (44 pounds) during his
> one-man odyssey.
> "He's been drinking very muddy water and just staying alive really by
> the skin of his teeth," Waller told Perth radio station 6PR.
> Further details of Bogucki's condition were not immediately available,
> but an Australian Broadcasting Corp. reporter at the scene said
> Bogucki walked unassisted from the helicopter which plucked him out of
> the desert to a waiting ambulance at Broome airport.
> Sporting a full beard, long khaki pants and a T-shirt, he appeared to
> have some trouble getting up into the ambulance but otherwise looked
> in relatively good health, the ABC reporter said.
> Police have had great trouble finding the Alaskan, leading them to
> speculate he may not have wanted to be found. He was last seen 40 days
> ago before heading into the desert.
> A search was launched by Australian authorities after Bogucki's bike
> and camping equipment were found on a track at the edge of the Great
> Sandy Desert on July 26.
> He was finally spotted in the Edgar Ranges, 180 kilometers (110 miles)
> southeast of Broome. Local volunteers and Aboriginal trackers helped
> in the hunt.
> Bogucki reportedly told his American girlfriend Janet North that he
> intended to find "spiritual enlightenment" in the desert. He was
> believed to have walked more than 400 kilometers (250 miles),
> sometimes barefoot, during his ordeal.
> Local police abandoned their search earlier this month, but it was
> revived last week with the arrival of a specialist American search
> team.
> The eight-member 1st Special Response Group based in Miami, Florida,
> set out Thursday using three sniffer dogs to look for Bogucki.

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