French tourist "missing" in Australian Outback spend days writing children's book

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-23 15:38:55|Editor: xuxin
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CANBERRA, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- A French tourist has been found alive after going missing in Australia's Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory for about five days.

Yann Buriet, 31, shocked people when he walked out of bushland in good health on Thursday.

He had been camping in a cave in Kakadu writing a children's book oblivious to the fact that he was considered missing.

"I believe he's embarrassed about all the fuss," NT Police Superintendent Hege Burns told reporters.

"We are very happy to see him alive and well. He had provisions, he had food and he had water.

"He hadn't got lost. He had been up camping in one of the caves."

Prior to Thursday he was last seen on Saturday at Gunlom Falls, a popular campsite in the southern part of the park, where he told park rangers that he planned to camp and bushwalk.

The alarm was raised when his van was spotted untouched on Tuesday, prompting a major search and rescue response from ground, air and dive squads.

"I think he's calling his mum now and we're obviously going through the official connections through the French consulate," Burns told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

"I think right now we're just happy that he's found.

"It's such a timely reminder for anyone planning to visit our beautiful national parks to please be prepared, please plan, but most importantly let someone know your plans and when you are expected back."