Lachlan Marie spends two days in the outback of Western Australia after the car gets stuck in the mud
How a driver who walked TWO DAYS through the remote outback after his car got stuck in nowhere survived with just four small bottles of water and a backpack
- 23-year-old Lachlan Marie spent two days outing in the Cape Arid, WA outback
- His Jeep Cherokee got stuck in the mud on Saturday while walking 60 km
- Two days passed before he was picked up by a stranger and taken to the hospital
- Doctors said the muscles stopped and gave him 8 liters of intravenous fluids
A backpack and a few bottles of water were all a university graduate he brought with him when he had to walk 60 km over the outback after his car got stuck in mud.
23-year-old Lachlan Marie spent two days in the outback in Cape Arid on the south coast of Western Australia after his Jeep Cherokee got stuck in the mudflats.
The 23-year-old went on a Saturday trip and spent the next two nights without seeing another soul and sleeping under extreme conditions.
Mr. Marie began to lose hope that he would see his family again sometime, until another driver drove by and rescued him.
23-year-old Lachlan Marie spent two days outing in Cape Arid on the south coast of Western Australia (photo, another Cape Arid traveler)
“I thought if I didn’t move, if I didn’t find my way out of the park, I probably wouldn’t make it,” Mr. Marie told the ABC.
Mr Marie was desperately trying to dig his car out of the mud when he first got stuck.
Using a shovel, he scraped the skin from his knuckles to loosen the wheels, but was out of luck.
Armed with four water bottles, a map, a portable stove and a sleeping bag, he set off on a seemingly endless journey.
Mr. Marie’s parents had loaned him the jeep to explore the coast of Western Australia, but he strayed from the main road to enter the mudflats – admitting he thought the ground would be solid.
His first night in the wilderness was sleepless because he was caught in raging winds.
“I started to get thoughts about ‘Am I even going to save the park? Do I even have to sleep? Do I have to walk now because I only have so much water and so little time? Mister Marie said.
Fortunately, he had some food and was able to cook sausages, but he was forced to drink from muddy puddles when his water ran out.
After another night in the outback, Mr. Marie finally ran into another person – but it took three times to get their attention.
An ute started to drive to Mr. Marie, who was waving his arms frantically and screaming.
But the driver drove straight past the 23-year-old and again a little later.
He eventually noticed the lost traveler and picked him up before driving him back to town in Esperance.
Mr. Marie’s savior, Ryan, said the young man was “lucky to be alive.”
The 23-year-old walked 60 km in two days through Cape Arid National Park (photo) before being picked up and rescued by a stranger
Back in civilization, Mr. Marie ran to the local pub to eat a steak.
It wasn’t until he called his mom that she told him to go to the hospital, where he was then given eight quarts of intravenous fluid.
Doctors told him the situation was “not good” and his muscles were starting to stop.
His car was eventually picked up by a rescue team, and Mr. Marie was admitted to the hospital’s emergency room on Wednesday.
Looking back on his near-death experience, the 23-year-old said to make him realize what is important.
“When I was there, not much occurred to me, except to see my family again and get out alive,” he said.