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The father of a British backpacker found after 12 days lost in NSW's Blue Mountains says he is going to "kick his arse" for all the trouble he has caused. Richard Cass was on the verge of flying back to England when he was urgently contacted by NSW police on Wednesday after his 19-year-old son, Jamie Neale, was miraculously found by two bushwalkers in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. Mr Cass was flown by police helicopter to Katoomba Hospital, where his son is being treated for exposure and dehydration. Speaking to reporters outside the hospital, Mr Cass said his son had come "back from the dead", and he was "just so pleased to see him".
Jamie had survived by eating seeds and a lettuce-like weed, his father said. "He was eating seeds. He ate some sort of weed which was like rocket, as he described, a kind of lettuce," he said. "What he was saying was he would go up on a height and see where the cliffs were and where he had to go, but as soon as he went down and the trees around him he couldn't see where he was.
Originally posted by sunny_2008ny
S&F Great story
I think in situations like the man was in, it is man's strong urge for survival that wins in the end and this shows that man can conquer nature if he has to.
Originally posted by tangotemper
Interestingly, his initial intention to give all of his media fees to the search and rescue organisations, seems to have undergone a bit of a turnaround. I'll be curious to see how much actually does get donated to the SAR people who spent so much time looking for him.