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A quad bike rider who was rescued from dense bushland east of Perth after three days in heatwave conditions says he is overwhelmed by the efforts of the search party.

Paul Pyke, 35, went missing on Sunday while riding with two friends at Sawyer’s Valley.

He was finally found on Tuesday afternoon after rescuers discovered his bike and saw footprints leading from it.

Mr Pyke remains in a stable condition in hospital.

In a statement issued through police today, Mr Pyke passed on his “heartfelt thanks” to everyone involved in his rescue.

“I realise weather conditions over the past few days were extreme and for so many people to give freely of their time to look for me is much appreciated and overwhelming,” he said.

“To the WA Police, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, the RAC Rescue Helicopter crew and the staff at Royal Perth Hospital thank you for all your help and efforts.”

Police held grave fears for Mr Pyke due to Perth’s heatwave, but spirits were lifted when his quad bike was found just off Yarra Road.

Rescuers found him conscious but dehydrated.

The West Australian

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