A man has been found alive after going missing in remote Western Australia for four days.
The 67-year-old was bushwalking in the Carr Boyd Ranges near Kununurra in WA’s far east on Tuesday when he went missing.
He was one of a group of eight people who had intended to hike from Revolver Falls to Packsaddle Springs, however, WA Police said the man went off on his own “exploring and traversing through some rough terrain to see some waterfalls”.
His friends last saw him at about 2:15pm standing on top of a waterfall.
Police were notified of his disappearance at 8am on Wednesday, with a land and air search immediately commenced.
The terrain was so difficult that police were unable to deploy a vehicle and had to use local air provider Helispirit to search the area.
“A helicopter was arranged, and four officers, including a drone operator, were deployed to the location and commenced initial searching without success,” a police spokesperson said.
Officers searched without success on Wednesday and Thursday, with police vehicles also sent to other areas nearby to search for the man.
Temperatures in the area went as high as 32C during the day and 13C at night in the time the man was missing.
“Terrain in the Kimberley is extreme, being sheer cliff faces, loose ground and large assents and descents,” WA police said.
“It is heavily vegetated with a significant amount of running freshwater. Salt water crocodiles are known to be in the nearby Dunham River.”
The man was finally located at about 9:30am on Friday within the search area.
He received initial treatment at the scene before being flown to Kununurra where he was met by paramedics who took him to hospital for further treatment.
Officers reminded bushwalkers to carry a personal locator beacon, especially if they are in a remote area.