Without water, a person can dehydrate quickly in Australia’s more remote areas. On Wednesday, October 7, 62-year-old former miner, Reginald Foggerdy, got lost while hunting with his brother and chasing a feral camel in Western Australia’s Great Victoria Desert – an incredibly dry area of the country where the temperatures go over 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
Foggerdy went on the trip with very little survival gear. Western Australia Police officials told the media that he wore nothing more that day than shorts, a t-shirt, a baseball cap, and a pair of flip-flops.
The police and Aboriginal trackers finally spotted him on Tuesday, October 13, approximately nine miles away from where he was initially lost. The location where rescuers found him was also more than a hundred miles from the closest town.
Forggerdy was in an “extremely dehydrated” state, which wasn’t surprising to rescuers; given that the temperatures over the last six days hovered around 99 degree Fahrenheit. He was able to talk, but he was also slightly delusional and disoriented.
Rescuers learned that Foggerdy used one of the best methods for survival in such harsh conditions: While using the shade of a tree to stay out of the blistering sun, he ate highly nutritious, local black ants to sustain himself.