The wife of a man who went missing in north Sydney for four days thanked the community and emergency services after he was found alive and trapped in a tree on a bush on Friday.
Ronald Weaver became trapped in the North Wahroonga bush overnight before he was spotted by SES volunteers around 11:30am. The 79-year-old man, who has Alzheimer’s disease, remains at the Royal North Shore Hospital in critical condition.
His wife Hannah paid tribute to the professionalism of the rescue teams and the police, describing his rescue as a “very good New Year’s present”.
“I’m over 60, but I jumped like a little girl,” she said. “I’m so touched that so many people are working together to find Ron… I don’t know how to put it into words.
“It’s a miracle.”
Hannah, who has been married to Ronald for nearly 18 years, said it was unusual behavior for her husband, who didn’t move much because of his dementia.
More than 100 emergency personnel searched for Ronald over four days through dense bush that included streams, rocky terrain, cliffs and snakes that made the search difficult and raised concerns for his well-being.
SES volunteer Andy Kelsey, on his first search, finally spotted Weaver from a ridge just before noon Friday.