Neil Parker, a 54-year-old hiker who was bushwalking alone near Brisbane on Sunday when he slipped, leaving his wrist broken and lower leg “clean snapped in half” crawled for two days before being rescued.
After losing his phone in the process, he decided his best chance of being rescued was to crawl to a clearing.
He made it there and was spotted after a slow journey.
“I’d get about a metre, a metre-and-a-half, each time before I had to stop and take a break. I just couldn’t believe it. It’s only 3km [2 miles] but [it took] two days to cover 3km. I was thinking that I was never going to get there,” Parker told reporters from his hospital bed on Wednesday.
Parker had been planning a three-hour hike at Mount Nebo when rocks gave way beneath his feet and he tumbled down the waterfall.
An experienced bushwalker, Parker had packed first aid supplies including bandages which he combined with hiking sticks to splint his leg. He also had painkillers and access to water, but only limited food: nuts, sweets and an energy bar.
“I slid about 20 feet, cartwheeled and slammed into the rock and then landed in the creek on the bottom. I had to carry my leg – and legs are very heavy when they’re not connected to anything – and [I was] trying to pick it up and get over rock and then use this elbow and this arm and just constantly struggling … I wanted to be around for my kids.” he added.