SOS in the Sand Sees British Tourist Rescued from Remote Australian Beach

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SOS in the Sand Sees British Tourist Rescued from Remote Australian Beach


A British tourist has been rescued from a remote West Australian beach after an aircraft spotted an SOS message scrawled in the sand.

Howard Holdsworth's water supply was running dangerously low after spending almost three days stranded on the beach after his vehicle became bogged down.

His rescue comes after another British tourist died when his car got stuck in Western Australia's Great Sandy Desert, police said yesterday.

The man, who was believed to be aged 35, was found alive but unconscious by a search party early yesterday.

He had walked about 37 miles in extreme heat after abandoning his four-wheel-drive vehicle. Rescuers took him to a nursing home but were unable to revive him.

A Coastwatch Islander aircraft conducting a routine patrol of the coastline located the Howard Holdsworth's sand-bogged 4X4 at Cape Bertholet, 46 miles north of Broome.

The aircraft made a low-level pass that enabled the observers to see the SOS, as well as Mr Holdsworth, aged 54, from Halifax, West Yorkshire, waving at the aircraft. …

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