Aussie backpacker found alive in Malaysia

Kaitlyn Offer

An Australian backpacker missing in the Malaysian jungle has been found by local search and rescue crews.

Andrew Gaskell set off hiking in the Mulu National Park in Sarawak, with poor mobile coverage, from October 18.

But when no one heard from the 25-year-old, his family reported him missing to Tasmania Police on October 27.

The traveller was found on Tuesday and is being assessed in a Malaysian hospital, Tasmanian Police said in a statement.

Mr Gaskell grew up in Hobart but has lived in Cairns for the past three years and it was his family in Tasmania who alerted police.

His mother Elizabeth Gaskell said she "felt amazing relief" when her youngest son phoned to tell her Andrew had been found.

"I'm really thankful to all the volunteers that helped and I'm so thankful to God he's safe," she said in a statement to Sky News.

"We're so overwhelmed with everyone's support."

Mr Gaskell was found emaciated and with leeches on his legs at Camp 1 of the Mulu National Park, according to the Borneo Post.

He was also conscious and able to speak to his rescuers, the paper reports.