Woman, 73, bogged in remote bushland for two days
Police in WA’s mid-west have praised the actions of a 73-year-old grandmother who was rescued after more than two days stranded on a remote bush track.
Karen Neu was found safe in her bogged four-wheel-drive not far from her home outside Mullewa.
She was on her way home on Saturday afternoon when she lost her bearings and got stuck.
“The tyres just kept spinning and the more they spun, the more I was digging myself in,” she said.
The grandmother was about to spend her third cold night in the car and was running out of water when police found her at around 9.30pm on Monday night, two kilometres from home.
She had survived on bottled water and bread.
“When I heard a knock on the window and looked up and saw Mr Policeman standing there – that was a beautiful sight,” Mrs Neu said.
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Her daughter raised the alarm after not hearing from her mum, who had no phone reception.
A Mullewa local familiar with the remote tracks then helped police find her.
“Karen did the right thing by staying in the car,” WA Police sergeant Chris Martin said.
“When we conduct formal land searches, vehicles are much easier to see from the air.”
Mrs Neu says it’ll be a few days before she’ll feel ready to get back behind the wheel.