It’s brilliant news that English back packer Jamie Neale has been found alive. We should all be very happy for him and his family.

Very bloody lucky - Jamie Neale this afternoon

But no one, no matter how experienced they think they are, should ever set off on foot into the Australian bush without an Epirb. This especially applies to someone whose bush skills were as lacking as we now find out Jamie’s were.

If Neale had forked out the $55 it costs to rent an emergency beacon for a week, he could have been found within hours of realising he was in deep trouble, and the massive rescue operation that has spanned the past 11 days could have been avoided.

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  • damon says:

    11:25am | 25/08/09

    looks kind of healthy for 12 nights its a long time Read more »

  • Jason McGrath says:

    07:45pm | 25/07/09

    He doesn’t have a working visa either, that $200,00k should go to the State Emergency Service for N.S.W. If he can’t be responsibile to simple walk, then he won’t manage the $200,00k. He should think himself lucky that he is alive and then go back home to geezer land for… Read more »


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