Aussie hiker with 'snapped' leg makes 2-day crawl to safety

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Neil Parker tried calling for help but lost his phone during the fall. FMTNews

Australian hiker Neil Parker snapped his leg in two then spent two days crawling in agony through the bush before being spotted by a rescue helicopter.

Neil Parker, 54, said his planned three-hour hike northwest of Brisbane went horribly wrong Sunday when he slipped 6m down the waterfall, fracturing his leg and wrist. The experienced hiker said the entire bottom half of his leg was hanging loose thanks to a “clean snap in half”.He immediately tried to phone for help, but after dropping his mobile “into the drink” started crawling back to a clearing where he believed he would have a better chance of being rescued.

With just a “handful of nuts, a protein bar and some lollies” to sustain him, Parker began the excruciating 3km journey, “scrambling and lifting, inch-by-inch” to the clearing.He saw a search-and-rescue helicopter flying overhead Sunday night, but knew there was no chance of them finding him as he was “deep under the scrub”.

 

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