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The father of a 14-year-old autistic boy who went missing in dense bush for 28 hours has thanked those involved in his son's rescue.

With his son standing by his side, Peter Dear said his family were very grateful to all Dennis' rescuers.

"I'd like to thank everyone who was involved in finding Dennis. This includes the State Emergency Service, the Salvation Army, the police and the other quad bike riders staying out nearby who joined in immediately and tried to locate Dennis," he said.

Dennis and his father were on a quad biking trip in Flint, 80km south-east of Perth, when they lost each other on Sunday.

With no food or water, Dennis used survival tactics learnt in Scouts and from Aboriginal elders, including using dirt to prevent sunburn and getting water from balga trees.

A footprint spotted by Wagin SES volunteers 16km from where he went missing led them to the dehydrated teen.

Dennis has been recovering in Princess Margaret Hospital and Mr Dear said his son was slowly returning to his usual self.

"He's feeling well and we eagerly anticipate being able to bring him home in the near future," he said.

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