The incredible moment a family who have disappeared in the outback is found alive after a helicopter spotted their car 50km from the road
- The Queensland family went missing while on a long-distance trip in the NSW outback
- Google Maps threw them off course and they were stranded in the desert
- Darian Aspinall was traveling with her two children and her grandmother
- The family left South West Queensland for Packsaddle in NSW on Sunday
- After a multi-agency search, they were found safe and well on Tuesday
This is the dramatic moment a family of four was discovered and rescued in the Australian outback after being missing for 48 hours.
Their four-wheel drive vehicle was spotted by a helicopter on Tuesday after a search by multiple authorities was launched when the Queensland family failed to arrive at their destination – the small NSW town of Packsaddle.
Darian Aspinall, 27, along with her two children, Winter Bellamy, two, and Koda Bellamy, four, and their grandmother, 50-year-old Leah Gooding, left the Noccundra Hotel on Warry Gate Road in south-west Queensland between 12:30pm and 12:30pm 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.
However, a police investigation was launched after the family of four was reported missing in the desert and could not be contacted.
The family had run out of food and water when a helicopter spotted their car late Tuesday afternoon 50 kilometers south-east of Tibooburra in far north-west NSW.
The family had run out of food and water when a helicopter spotted their car alongside the track 50 kilometers south-east of Tibooburra, in far north-west NSW
Darian Aspinall (left) was found with her children, Winter Bellamy, two, and Koda Bellamy, four, and her 50-year-old grandmother
A police investigation was launched after the family failed to reach their destination and could not be contacted (pictured are two children, Winter and Koda Bellamy).
Photos show the family wearing their clothes waving at the helicopter to get the pilot’s attention.
“The ladies there waved at us and as we drove past to one side I opened the window and waved at them to let them know we’d seen them,” AeroTech Hems pilot Nick Shew told 9News.
Police say Google Maps took them off the track onto a dirt road, where they eventually got stuck.
The family says they tried to walk for four hours to get help but decided to return to their car, where they stayed for 48 hours before they were found.
“When we landed and got off the plane, there was a clear sense of relief that they had, it was an emotional moment,” Shew said.
The pilots who rescued the family said they were relieved.
However, they said the children were more excited when emergency services gave them packages of twisties and water.
The family’s stopover at Packsaddle was to be part of their trip to Adelaide.
The family left the Noccundra Hotel on Warry Gate Road in south-west Queensland between 12.30pm and 3pm on Sunday (pictured a map detailing their movements).
The family tried to walk for four hours to get help but decided to return to their car, where they stayed for 48 hours before they were found
SA and Queensland Police, the Australian Maritime Authority and volunteers combed the area Tibooburra, Broken Hill, Wilcannia, and Packsaddle to find them.
A geo-targeted text message was also sent to residents in Packsaddle, Tibooburra, Broken Hill and surrounding areas in far western NSW.
All four family members were safely inside the vehicle and were examined by a paramedic in the helicopter before being transported to Tibooburra for further evaluation.
Those involved in the search thanked the public for their support.
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