Stranded family face two weeks in desert after campervan gets stuck in ‘bog’

A family of four have been left stranded in the Australian desert after their campervan became bogged in torrential rain.

The travellers, from Perth, alerted South Australia Police of their whereabouts when they set off their emergency beacon at about 10am on Friday morning from the Simpson Desert in South Australia.

Stuck in their modified Mitsubishi Canter just over 90 miles northwest of the Aussie small town Oodnadatta, Orios, and Lindsey Zavros – along with their two kids Zoe and Zane – could be stranded in the desert for up to two weeks.

This comes after a land rescue by South Australia Police has been hindered due to ongoing bad weather and flooding of surrounding roads.

The family were caught out in one of two weather systems currently sweeping across five states in Australia.

On Wednesday, extreme weather with winds of up to 43mph hit South Australia, causing blackouts across the state.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) made contact with the family at about 2.30pm on Friday and confirmed no one had been injured, according to a local news source.

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A rescue plane was then deployed to deliver a satellite phone and water to the family, and police have confirmed they had enough essential supplies to see them through the weekend.

A police spokesperson said: “The vehicle from Western Australia containing two adults and two children became stranded after bad weather and flooding on the roads.

“They are safe and well and in contact with the police.”

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The AMSA added roads in the area were likely to be “flooded and inaccessible for several days”.

The family have been travelling around Australia since November last year, and have so far made their way through Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, and the Northern Territory.

Local media have reported that the couple have been told they could be stranded for up to two weeks.

In their most recent Instagram post, the family shared a photo of their vehicle in Birdsville, Queensland, writing: “After three days of driving, we made it! Bring on the Simpson Desert."

In another post, they revealed they had made the decision to start the long drive back home to Perth in time for Christmas.

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