Helicopter rescues stranded WA family

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A Perth family of four has been rescued from the Simpson Desert in South Australia's outback after being stranded there for several days.

The Zavros family had been stuck in the desert since last Friday after their campervan became bogged due to heavy rain.

Roads near the scene, about 150km north of Oodnadatta, have been flooded and inaccessible.

A South Australian police helicopter was dispatched on Tuesday morning to retrieve the family, who were lifted to safety around 4pm local time.

The two adults and two children are safe and well and had been in regular contact with authorities, SAPOL said in a statement.

They will stay the night in Coober Pedy before making further travel arrangements.

Authorities used a rescue plane to drop off a satellite phone and essential supplies after the family activated an emergency beacon on Friday.

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