Survival …

I swallowed a fly. That reminded me of the case of …

A WEST Australian man had to resort to eating insects after he became stranded in bushland in the state’s South West region when his car became bogged.

I read about this back in October. Wow, had to eat insects, or as Nine News put it …

Mr Frendo told Nine News Perth it was his positive thinking that got him through.

“Pretty much the whole time the thoughts were always ‘what I’m going to do once I get back’,” he said.

“It was never ‘this is final, this is it’.”

Mr Fredo said he ate “a lot of frogs and crickets, and millipedes” to survive in the bush.

“Pretty much anything I could get my hands on at that stage just to keep my energy up,” he said.

Mr Fredo said he was very grateful to the family who helped pull his car out.

“I think it would have been a long wait if they hadn’t come along at the time that they did,” he said.

“I just want to thank them so, so much.”

Mr Frendo was taken to Busselton hospital for treatment for dehydration.

Four days in the bush and despite eating pretty much anything he lost his “N”. Good to see it came back after rehydration.

Indeed hydration was the real problem. Hunger strikers have shown that it is possible to go a couple of months without food. Three days without water and you are in big trouble. So don’t eat the frogs … drink their pond.

If someone has been without food for an extended period one problem to be avoided is the re-feeding syndrome. This can occur after as few as five days and is a significant risk after three weeks of fasting. It may be fatal, most often through cardiac arrhythmias. A sensible first meal could consist of milk or boiled vegetables (see also http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2440847/).

Note that Mr Frendo had the good sense to stay with his vehicle.

How to die in the bush …

Mutawintji National Park, NSW.

A 24-year-old woman telephoned emergency services about noon on Tuesday to say the group, from country Victoria, were lost, after the Hyundai Excel the trio were travelling in crashed.

Her Triple-0 call cut out, with little to no reception in the rugged terrain. Emergency crews used GPS co-ordinates to trace the call to inside the national park, but by the time they located the car about 8pm, the group had abandoned it. Police, SES and paramedics called off the search at nightfall and resumed it yesterday morning.

At 9.40am, after walking about 20km, the woman arrived at a sheep station in Acacia Downs and raised the alarm. She appeared to be in “reasonable health” according to police, telling officers she had left the two men at a water hole.

The men were found five hours later about 15 km apart, one was dead the other seriously dehydrated. The dead man was 33.

Remember this … all three were alive when their car was found and would probably have remained so if they had not left it.

Even the Red Kangaroo must take shelter and conserve moisture during the heat of the day.