Man survives nearly 24 hours lost in extreme outback heat

Search crews have located a man, aged in his fifties, after he became lost in North West Queensland at the weekend.

The Mount Isa RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was called to assist with the search and rescue operation, near Cloncurry, yesterday morning.

It's believed the man parked his car, and went for a walk on Saturday evening.  

A Queensland Police Service spokesperson said he made a call around 8pm to say he was lost and disoriented.

The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter crew conducted  two area searches, refuelling at Cloncurry airport.

A local mustering helicopter, which was also assisting with the search, located the man safe and well just before 3pm yesterday.  He'd been missing for almost 24 hours.

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue pilot, Mike Slattery, said it's a fantastic result, considering the extreme heat conditions.

"The temperature peaked at nearly 45 degrees on Sunday, so to find the man in relatively good health was great.

"It's a timely reminder to always carry an EPIRB, which can transmit your GPS location and greatly assist in finding you quickly.  

"No matter how short a journey you plan, take an EPIRB as you never know when it will save your life," he said.

The 2017-2018 financial year was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,452 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.

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