BRISBANE, Australia – A German tourist who was missing for more than two weeks in the Australian Outback survived by eating flies after becoming lost and stranded by floodwaters, police said Friday.
Daniel Dudzisz was picked up by a motorist late Thursday near the township of Windorah in Queensland state, police Inspector Mark Henderson said.
The 26-year-old insulin-dependent diabetic had last been seen on Feb. 17 when he left Windorah to walk 77 kilometres (48 miles) north across rugged terrain to the settlement of Jundah, Henderson said.
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Dudzisz became stranded by floodwaters for about 10 days and lived on insects for most of the time he was lost, Henderson said.
“He joked about never going hungry in the Australian Outback because of the amount of flies you can eat for their protein,” Henderson told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio.
“He had some baked beans and cereal when he left Windorah and exhausted that pretty quickly, and said he’d been eating flies ever since,” Henderson added.
Dudzisz told police he had heard search helicopters but their crews could not see him through the canopy of trees, Henderson said.
Dudzisz, who had an adequate supply of insulin with him, refused medical treatment at Windorah.
“He certainly was hungry, but other than that he was in reasonable spirits,” Henderson said.
Henderson said Dudzisz remained determined to trek west to the sparsely populated Northern Territory.
“He has made an agreement now that he will stick to the main roads now rather than going cross country,” Henderson said.
Dudzisz had been hiking for several months through New South Wales state and Queensland, ABC reported.
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