Korean woman survives 6 nights lost in Australian wilderness

Backpacker Joohee Han is helped to hospital for a medical check

A South Korean backpacker has been rescued after being lost for six nights in the rugged Australian wilderness, police said.

A rescue helicopter winched her out of the gorge and took her to hospital in Tully.

Rescuers said the chances of survival for 25-year-old Joohee Han had been "near zero" after spending almost a week without food in the remote area. She was suffering from dehydration and exposure but was relatively unscathed, officials said.

Friends who gathered at Tully Hospital, where Ms Han has been taken for a medical check, are relieved she was found.

She tried crawling out through heavy undergrowth but could get no further than the waterfall, where she remained for six days.

Gaulke said Han had no food with her but found water flowing through rocks.

Her shouts for assist had been heard on Saturday by a member of the general public, who exclusively knowledgeable police on Thursday after studying of the search.

A Korean backpacker appears to have survived nearly a week in the rugged Queensland bush, with a helicopter set to winch her to safety.

She was not reported missing until Wednesday, when police, soldiers and emergency crews launched a search, finally locating her Thursday stuck in a deep ravine near a waterfall.

"She was actually in really good condition, so she had no significant injuries. she was in good spirits", Ms Gaulke said.

"Six days is a long time to be lost in the bush particularly when you've got no bush skills", Inspector Steve Kersley told reporters on Thursday.

She was carrying lengthy pants, a long-sleeved shirt and had a raincoat that helped her hold heat, Kersley mentioned.

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