A three-year-old boy was rescued by Australian emergency services on Monday, three days after he went missing from his family’s rural property.
According to Sky News, the Australian boy with autism was found scooping muddy water from a creek in a dense outback terrain, less than 500 metres from his home.
Hundreds of people had been searching for Anthony “AJ” Elfalak during the three day hunt, while his mother said that she felt “blessed” after her son was found alive, AFP reports.
Police sent a helicopter with thermal imaging equipment but failed to spot the boy in the hours after he was first reported missing. Rescue workers and police searched through the weekend and finally spotted the boy during a helicopter sweep of the area.
AJ was taken to hospital and was reported to have suffered some scrapes from a fall, Reuters adds.
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