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Message in sand saves tourist lost in Australian bush

By Helen William

A British tourist who became hopelessly lost in the Australian bush was saved after he scrawled a desperate plea for help in the sand.

Geoff Keys (63), of Dartford, Kent, was stranded for two days in the Jardine National Park in north Queensland after making "one of the stupidest decisions ever" to try to take a "short cut" through the bush back to his camp.

He tried to retrace his steps but Mr Keys, who had left for a trip along Canal Creek to Eliot Falls wearing a hat, swimming trunks, shorts and a T-shirt and in his bare feet, ended up more than 12km from camp.

He wrote an SOS message, reading HELP 2807, along with an arrow pointing downstream towards his location in the sand in the hope that it might be spot it.

He was rescued by a search helicopter after his friends reported him missing.

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