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Backpacker 'grateful' for rescue

A British backpacker feels "very fortunate to still be alive" after being released from Longreach hospital Sunday following three days lost in central Queensland.

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The young British backpacker lost in central Queensland for three days has been released from Longreach hospital.

However, those wanting more detail on 18-year-old Sam Derry-Woodhead's miraculous survival will have to wait until his exclusive with British tabloid the Daily Mail is published.

Meanwhile, ABC Western Queensland reported that Mr Woodhead planned on donating the profits from his undisclosed deal with the paper to the emergency services that helped save his life.

Claire Derry, mother of British backpacker Sam Derry-Woodhead, enroute to Longreach to reunite with her son.

Claire Derry, mother of British backpacker Sam Derry-Woodhead, enroute to Longreach to reunite with her son. Photo: Michelle Smith

Mr Woodhead became lost after leaving a Longreach cattle property for a run on Tuesday.  

A ground-and-air search was launched, but the keen sportsman was not spotted until Friday.

He was taken to Longreach hospital suffering sunburn, but was found to be hydrated and in otherwise good health.

Missing backpacker Sam Woodhead, 18.

Missing backpacker Sam Woodhead, 18. Photo: Facebook

His mother, who arrived in Australia on Saturday, told reporters her son had consumed his contact lens fluid to survive.

The ABC reported that Mr Woodhead emerged from  the Longreach Hospital, posed for photos with his mother, Claire Derry and read from a prepared statement, where he thanked his searchers.

"I feel very fortunate to be alive and to still be standing here," Mr Woodhead said.

"I'm really grateful for all the guys that helped out and all the team."

I know that so many people helped out and so many people were getting involved... I firmly believe that if it wasn't for them I wouldn't be here today."

It was a really amazing feeling to be picked up and to realise that I was going to make it through."