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Man stranded without water found alive in Central Australian outback


A man who became stranded without water in the harsh Central Australian outback has been found alive.

Police received a call from a man saying he had run out of water and was walking back to Kintore at about 7am yesterday morning.

Officers travelled to the area, where they found his car and foot prints, 50 kilometres west of the town.

A land search was conducted throughout the day,with officers sweltering as the mercury hit 42 degrees.

Eight hours later, the 52-year-old man was found near a dirt track under a tree about 10 kilometres from Kintore.

Police say he was severely dehydrated having also been exposed to severe temperatures.

He was taken to the local clinic for treatment before being flown to the Alice Springs Hospital.

Incident Controller Senior Sergeant Michael Potts has thanked local police, Aboriginal Liaison Officers and community members for their efforts during the search.