NT couple rescued from WA's Gibson Desert

Kaitlyn Offer
A Darwin couple stranded in Western Australia's Gibson Desert have been rescued by helicopter and flown to Broome.

A Darwin couple saved from WA's Gibson Desert after their 4WD got bogged have been released from hospital after a massive air-rescue operation.

The man, 32, and woman, 27, were heading to Warburton when they got stuck about 300km northwest of the remote community and activated a personal locator beacon about 11.30am on Friday.

A two-day rescue bid ensued, led by WA Police and assisted by rhe Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

On Friday afternoon a search plane from Kalgoorlie - more than 900km away - spotted the pair who had made camp by their Toyota LandCruiser and appeared to be in good health.

On Saturday morning a second plane, an AMSA Challenger, flew over the couple to drop off an emergency kit which included a satellite phone so they could make contact with Warburton police.

Then a long-range search and rescue helicopter from Bristowe Helicopters in Broome was enlisted and reached the pair about 11.45am local time.

The helicopter arrived in Broome at 4pm WAST and the couple were taken to the Broome Regional Hospital.

The Darwin residents have since been released, police said on Saturday evening.