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Missing backpacker found alive

The English backpacker missing in Queensland's outback has been found alive, sunburnt but hydrated.

Sam Woodhead, 18, had been missing since Tuesday afternoon from a remote station 130 kilometres from Longreach.

Police have confirmed Mr Woodhead has been found alive and was hydrated but sunburnt.

Conditions where he was missing were so harsh two SES volunteers were taken to Longreach Hospital during the search suffering heat stroke.

Mr Woodhead is in the process of being taken back to the homestead on the remote property where he went missing and will then be taken to Longreach Hospital.

Police Media said due to "poor communications" they do not have more details on how the teenager was found or in what circumstances.


Mr Woodhead was reported missing from the remote Upshot Station on Wednesday morning.

He was working as a jackaroo at the station as part of his "gap year'' and had been there for about 10 days.

Britain's The Daily Mail reported Mr Woodhead's family had paid to charter a special helicopter so it could search the property overnight for him.

His sister Rebecca Woodhead celebrated her 21st birthday this week and is desperate for positive news from Queensland.

"I don’t think any of us have slept," she said.

"They have reported him as an 18-year-old man, but he is not a man, he is my little brother."

It is believed the teenager had set off for a run when he went missing.

Inspector Mike Curtin said about 50 people searched an area of about 500 square kilometres.

‘‘We have extreme concerns for Samuel’s welfare,’’ he said about midday on Friday, about two hours before Mr Woodhead was found.

‘‘It’s consistently been 37 to 39 degrees celcius for the past few days.

‘‘It’s extremely harsh terrain in this area and the isolation adds to the predicament.’’

The police contacted Mr Woodhead’s family through police in England and his mother is on her way to Australia.

She is expected to arrive on Saturday morning.

Neighbours from properties hundreds of kilometres away have used their own light planes and helicopters in the search, which also involved people on horseback.