Two men bogged down and lost two days on dirt road in SA outback, rescued by police

Two men lost for two days in the South Australian outback ran out of food and water before being found by police.

Police rescued the men stranded in their stalled car on a remote dirt road in Maralinga Tjarutja Lands in the far west of the state.

The Mazda company they traveled in was missing one of the wheels.

The administrator of the land contacted the police on Friday afternoon and informed the authorities that the men were driving on a track.

It is an offense to enter Maralinga Tjarutja Lands without an entry permit approved by the municipality.

Yalata police officers traveled about 200 kilometers to the village of Maralinga to search for the men.

The two men, aged 34 and 29 from Western Australia, were found bogged down in their car that night, about 150 kilometers north of the village on a remote dirt road.

A police car rescues two stranded travelers in the South Australian outback.
Police found the men three hours north of Maralinga Village on a remote dirt road. Supplied: SAPOL

“The men were totally ill-equipped to make a trip to remote Australia with no resources for emergency communications and insufficient supplies,” the police said in a statement.

“Had it not been a coincidence that the caretaker had found the couple during his rounds, it is almost certain that no one would have been aware of the lost men and their lives would have been in grave danger.

“Police would like to take this opportunity to remind people traveling in regional and remote locations that they are well equipped to make the journey.”

The men were taken back to Ceduna to settle their own home.