LIFT OR DIE
- Nov 12, 2006
I'm posting this just for the title.A NAKED man was found in dense rainforest south of Cairns in a bizarre rescue that has searchers scratching their heads.
The man, 27, spent a cold night huddled among the trees on a steep ridge behind Bingil Bay at Mission Beach after losing his way, and his clothes, in the rainforest.
He was found sitting on a log in the nude.
Rescuers hauled themselves up a steep rainforested hill to get to him in territory they yesterday called "billygoat country".
"He was sitting there with scratches all over him," teenage searcher Brad Figallo said.
"We saw him and it was like, oh geeze. He'd said he needed some help. But we weren't expecting that.
"But he was more relieved than embarrassed to see us … he told us he thought he was going to die up there."
Police described the man as disorientated, scratched but otherwise not hurt when they found him about 10.30am on Saturday.
Sen-Constable Tony Cliffe said the man told searchers, police and ambulance officers he had no idea how he got up the ridge or where his clothes were.
He said he had been fishing near the spot the previous afternoon.
"They gave him water, clothes and got him down," Sen-Constable Cliffe said.
He praised Bingil Bay residents who alerted emergency services and organised search parties after hearing the man's yells for help from bushland above their homes about 7am.
"They took on thick, very hard-to-navigate rainforest on the side of the mountain to get to him … we don't know how he got there and he tells us he doesn’t know either," he said.