Police in Australia say they found a three-year-old boy alive and well after missing for three days in the bush on his parents’ country estate in New South Wales.
Dramatic video posted on Twitter of the New South Wales Police shows the child appearing to splash and drink from a creek while rescue teams hover over it.
The child was reported missing on Friday after disappearing from his parents’ rural estate in the Hunter area of New South Wales, according to a press release from NSW Police.
From Friday to Monday, authorities looked for the boy on trail bikes, dog officers, divers and air rescue units.
On Monday lunchtime in Australia, the boy was found by an air search team on a creek bank less than 500 meters from his home.
The boy, identified as Anthony “AJ” Elfalak, was kneeling in the creek when a State Emergency Service officer reached him and put a hand on the boy’s shoulder, SES chief inspector Simon Merrick said.
The officer “stated that he (AJ) turned to him with a big smile on his face that he won’t forget,” Merrick said.
Rescue workers said he was in good condition, but was taken to a hospital for observation.
His father, Anthony Elfalak, said AJ was bitten by ants, had diaper rash and abrasions.