Missing man's dogs lead rescuers to his location after two nights in the bush

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A man who was missing for two days has been found, thanks to his two pet dogs who alerted the rescue teams.

The man from Penwhaupell, in central Queensland, went missing on Monday afternoon after he went on a walk in the bush near his home.

At the time, the man was with his two Jack Russell terriers. His family raised their concerns after he failed to return home on Monday night.

Police searched for the man aged in his 80s for two days, launching an extensive search and rescue operation for Mr Grimes and his two dogs.

After failing to return from a walk, an extensive search was launched to find the man aged in his 80s. Source: LifeFlight
After failing to return from a walk, an extensive search was launched to find the man aged in his 80s. Source: LifeFlight

The ABC reported there were 15 locals on foot and horseback involved in the search for the man over the two and a half days he was missing.

On Wednesday, Mr Grimes was found partially submerged in water and under debris after the dogs barked at a volunteer's horse before leading rescue teams to his location.

"The searchers realised the pets belonged to the missing man, prompting them to thoroughly search the immediate area," RACQ Lifeflight said in a statement to Yahoo News Australia.

"They found him obscured by rocks and partly submerged in water. It is believed he had fallen."

The man's dogs alerted rescuers to his location. Source: Queensland Police
The man's dogs alerted rescuers to his location. Source: Queensland Police

Rescue crews had found it difficult to spot the man, and if it was not for his dogs, he might not have been found.

Mr Grimes was treated for hypothermia and flown to Bundaberg Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

RACQ LifeFlight said the temperature dropped to single digits the nights the man was out in the bush.

"He is unwell, obviously for being out in the elements for the past two days," Queensland Police Inspector Paul Algie said, according to the ABC.

"We held grave concerns for his safety, and we are very, very thankful that he's been located."

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