Stranded 'for weeks': 'Van life' family's camper trapped in SA outback

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A West Australian family could be stuck in South Australia's Simpson Desert for weeks after their four-wheel-drive (4WD) campervan became trapped by flooded roads.

South Australia Police and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) are coordinating a rescue of a family of four who are trapped in the desert, about 150km north west of Oodnadatta.

The family of four has been identified as parents Orios and Lindsey Zavros and their children, Zoe and Zane.

A West Australian family's campervan bogged in the Simpson Desert.
A West Australian family is stranded in the Simpson Desert after their campervan got stuck. Source: AMSA

On Instagram, the family has more than 4000 followers and on November 9, shared a picture of the camper in Birdsville, Queensland, just north of the South Australian border.

"After three days of driving, we made it!" the Instagram post said.

"Bring on the Simpson Desert."

But on November 12 about 11am (AEDT), the AMSA Response Centre responded to an emergency beacon.

The Essendon-based Challenger rescue aircraft was tasked with travelling to the Simpson Desert to establish communication with the vehicle, AMSA said in a statement to Yahoo News Australia.

"AMSA made contact with the heavily bogged campervan about 2.30pm, and confirmed there were no injuries and [the family] had adequate supplies," the statement said.

"Coordination of the rescue is with SA Police who are assessing rescue options for a ground response, and are maintaining ongoing contact with the stranded vehicle."

Supplies have been airlifted to the family, however, due to the wet weather, police and AMSA will have to wait for the flooding to dry up.

South Australia Police said in a statement to Yahoo News Australia the family of four have "sufficient supplies" and would work to co-ordinate with the family.

"As the weather continues to improve we will assess the best time to co-ordinate the recovery of the family and vehicle," a police spokesperson said.

The family may have to remain put in the desert for up to two weeks, with the roads being "inaccessible for several days", 7News reported.

Pictured is the bogged campervan in the Simpson Desert, SA.
The family were on a road trip around Australia when their campervan got bogged in the Simpson Desert. Source: AMSA

AMSA said they could deliver more supplies to the family if needed.

Mr Zavros's mother Theo told 7News the family's goal was to "cover every aspect of Australia" through their travels.

The Zavros family were unable to communicate with their family for hours after getting bogged.

"[It was] hectic and horrible, not knowing really what was wrong," Theo told 7News.

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