British backpacker lost in outback 'survived on contact lens solution'

Published: Friday, Feb. 22 2013 11:45 a.m. MST

Samuel Woodhead, 18, disappeared on Tuesday after he set out for a jog from a cattle station in Queensland. He was said to be a little sunburned following his ordeal, but was apparently hydrated and otherwise well after spending three days drinking contact solution.

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A backpacker disappeared in the Australian outback and apparently survived for three days by drinking contact solution, The Guardian reported.

"A British backpacker who went missing in the Australian outback for three days survived by drinking contact lens solution, his mother has said.

"Samuel Woodhead, 18, disappeared on Tuesday after he set out for a jog from a cattle station in Queensland. He was said to be a little sunburned following his ordeal, but was hydrated and otherwise well.

"The chance discovery of packets of lenses in his rucksack, placed there by Woodhead's father, Peter, apparently sustained him in the 40C heat.

"His mother, Claire, 54, told This Morning: 'His father had packed boxes of contact lenses in his rucksack in an outside pocket and he'd forgotten to take them out. He's lived on the fluid that the contact lenses you know the little packs of contact lenses? He's literally lived on those packs of contact lenses for three nights.'"

Read more about The lost backpacker on The Guardian.

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