How man survived three weeks missing in the croc-infested Daintree

Tom Flanagan
News Reporter

A Victorian man has remarkably been found alive after he survived on berries and fruit when he became lost in Queensland's croc-infested Daintree rainforest three weeks ago.

Milan Lemic, 25, disappeared two days before Christmas on December 23 after walking away from his bogged ute at Bairds Crossing near the Upper Daintree village.

Queensland police said on Tuesday morning he'd been found safe and well on Monday afternoon on the Creb Track, several kilometres north of the village.

Milan Lemic survived in the area on fruit he found in the area and drinking from local water. Source: Queensland Police

"He said he'd been eating berries and fruit and of course water is plentiful up there," a police spokeswoman told AAP.

"He has lost weight, but is in pretty good spirits considering he has been away for three weeks."

Mr Lemic also suffered minor scratches and several bites from living in the wild.

He has told police he went for a walk while waiting for a man who offered to fetch a tractor to help free his ute, and then became lost.

Police conducted an extensive search of the area but failed to find Mr Lemic. Source: Nine News

Police suspended their large scale land, river and air search - using drones, a boat and quad bikes - on December 30.

While police received reports of a number of unconfirmed sightings, there were serious concerns for his welfare in an area inhabited by crocodiles.

However, on Monday evening, a passing motorcyclist noticed a man in the area and contacted police who were able to locate Mr Lemic.

- with AAP

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