11-Year-Old Autistic Boy Wanders From Family's Camp Ground, Survives 5 Days In Wilderness (Video)

| by Lisa Fogarty
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An 11-year-old boy with autism who was reported missing in Australia on Friday while on a family camping trip was found alive five days later. 

Luke Shambrook went missing at around 9:30 a.m. while his family was enjoying a camping trip in the Fraser National Park in Victoria, reports the Mirror. His parents immediately contacted police and told them Luke may not have even realized he was missing because of his autism. 

Making matters even worse, the young boy reportedly loves hiding in small spaces and has a fascination with water, according to his parents. The park is located near Lake Eildon, which prompted a rescue team of hundreds of police, locals, tourists, campers, and divers to search both the forest and nearby lakes for signs of the child. 

On Monday, search and rescue teams found Luke's beanie hat. 

Then, today, a police helicopter reportedly discovered the boy about two miles from his family's camping site. 

Luke is alive and okay after surviving days out in the wilderness alone. He suffered from hypothermia, but is being treated at a local hospital. 

"An 11-year-old boy, challenged as he is with his autism, he's a courageous, resilient, strong young man," Acting Cmdr Rick Nugent reportedly told ABC News. "To find him safe and well, is just wonderful news." 

Source: Mirror

Photo Credit: Victoria Police via the Mirror, Wikipedia