Autistic boy found after 4 nights lost in Australian forest

  • AP, Melbourne
  • Updated: Apr 07, 2015 20:47 IST

An 11-year-old autistic boy was rescued Tuesday after four nights alone and lost in a dense Australian forest.

Luke Shambrook was spotted from a police helicopter before noon in the Fraser National Park in Victoria state 3km (2 miles) from his family's campground where he disappeared from on Friday morning, Police Commander Rick Nugent said.

"We are told that Luke is well, that he is exhausted, he's suffering hypothermia and he's also dehydrated," Nugent told reporters.

Paramedics were assessing him, Nugent said. His parents were overwhelmed, he said.

More than 120 searchers had combed the dense scrubland since Friday morning, with fears mounting that he could have drowned in a nearby lake.

Temperatures fell below 9 degrees Celsius (48 degrees Fahrenheit) during the nights and there had been some rain.

Hopes were raised Monday when Luke's beanie was discovered far from the lake and near where the boy was ultimately found walking.

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