Stranded backpackers rescued in Pilbara
Swiss backpackers Danielle and Klaudia after they were rescued. Picture: Supplied by Clarity Communications

A pair of stranded Swiss backpackers had a lucky escape when a helicopter pilot happened to spot them in a remote area of the Pilbara on Saturday.

The two girls had run out of fuel, had no food and had little water when the Heliwest pilot came across them while surveying for a resource company.

Heliwest chief executive David Grimes said the pilot spotted the backpackers, Danielle and Klaudia, on a remote road between Nanutarra and Paraburdoo.

"He landed and (the girls) asked the pilot where the next service station was," he said.

"It's 140km away and they were down to their last 600ml bottle of water, the car had no fuel in it and they had nothing.

"Our pilot provided them with water and also flew off and got them some fuel and took some fuel back to them and got them on their way."

Mr Grimes said the Pilbara was vast and dry and the backpackers were in a very serious situation.

He said they could have been there for a long time and were "very, very, very happy" to have been rescued.

Mr Grimes said his pilots were preparing for rescue missions of a different kind this week with Tropical Cyclone Lua expected to hit the Pilbara and Kimberley tomorrow.

"Typically on any event like this we're the first in, flying supplies in, getting people out, because all the roads get cut off," he said.

"At the moment we're relocating to the coast, waiting for the cyclone to pass and we're just flat out for over a week doing rescues and resupplies to get people on their way."

The West Australian

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