The Australian family of four’s motor home got stuck in torrential rain as extreme weather swept across South Australia – they have now been told they could be stuck for two weeks
A family of four was stranded in the Australian desert after their RV got stuck in torrential rain.
The travelers from Perth alerted the South Australian police of their whereabouts when they triggered their distress signal from the Simpson Desert in South Australia at around 10 a.m. on Friday morning.
In their modified Mitsubishi Canter a little more than 145 km northwest of the small Australian town of Oodnadatta, Orios and Lindsey Zavros – together with their two children Zoe and Zane – are stuck in the desert for up to two weeks.
This came after a land rescue by the South Australia Police was hampered due to persistent bad weather and flooding of surrounding roads.
The family was caught in one of two weather systems currently sweeping across five Australian states.
On Wednesday, extreme weather hit South Australia with winds of up to 43 miles per hour, causing power outages across the state.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) contacted the family around 2:30 p.m. Friday and confirmed no one was injured, according to a local news source.
A rescue plane was then used to provide the family with a satellite phone and water, and police have confirmed they have enough essential supplies to get them through the weekend.
A police spokesman said: “The vehicle from Western Australia with two adults and two children was stranded on the streets after bad weather and flooding.
“You are safe and sound and in contact with the police.”
The AMSA added that roads in the area are likely to be “flooded and inaccessible for several days”.
The family has been traveling through Australia since November last year, and so far have crossed Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.
Local media have reported that the couple has been told they could be stranded for up to two weeks.
In their latest Instagram post, the family shared a photo of their vehicle in Birdsville, Queensland and wrote, “After three days of driving, we did it! Bring the Simpson Desert. “
In another post, they announced that they had made the decision to start the long drive home to Perth in time for Christmas.
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