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5 year old survives 24 hours in Argentina desert, after being separated from parents

AFP
Published : Mar 20, 2019, 11:18 am IST
Updated : Mar 20, 2019, 11:18 am IST

A five-year-old boy who went missing during a family walk in Argentina was found safe and well after 24 hours lost in a desert.

The child was hospitalized for slight dehydration. (Representational Photo)
 The child was hospitalized for slight dehydration. (Representational Photo)

Buenos Aires: A five-year-old boy who went missing during a family walk in Argentina was found safe and well after 24 hours lost in a desert in the west of the country.

Authorities in San Juan province and some 1,000 volunteers went searching for the boy -- with a former Dakar Rally motorcyclist finding him 21 kilometers (13 miles) from where he was last seen.

 

The child was hospitalized for slight dehydration.

"I was cold, I slept badly, leaning on a rock," he told the newspaper Clarin upon leaving hospital Tuesday.

The boy said he had drunk from a stream and eaten grass.

"He spent 24 hours in nature, that is not nothing," said Alberto Ontiveros, the man who found him, noting that wild pumas roam the area.

Tags: desert
Location: Argentina, Buenos Aires