Popanyinning pair found in park

Laura GrubisaNarrogin Observer

Popanyinning residents Andrew and Elliott Sleigh were found this morning in the Dryandra Park after getting their vehicle bogged overnight while looking for numbats.

The pair got their car bogged on Wednesday afternoon and spent the night in their vehicle with few blankets.

A Codjatotine farmer spotted the Subaru Outback in their paddock at around 7am after seeing the pair was missing on the news.

The father-and-son took the trip to the National Park to celebrate Elliott’s birthday and things quickly took a turn when Andrew came across a patch of mud that was much deeper than expected.

“I thought I won’t go through this, I’ll just go on the side of the road,” he said.

“The side of the road turned out to be all black mud and when we were in it we realised that we were in part of this huge thing that was flowing from the farmland and was quite deep,”

“From the road it just looked like a puddle.”

Neither Andrew nor Elliott had told anyone where they were going as they assumed it would be a standard trip.

“You just wouldn’t do that, I mean we were just going to Dryandra to look for numbats!,”

After realising they wouldn’t be able to get their car out of trouble without assistance, the pair took off on foot and tried finding a ranger.

“We drove past a settlement on the way in and we thought we’d try and get back to them but we had no bearings,” Andrew said.

“We had no maps or signs so we used the emergency call on Elliott’s phone but the first try cut out.

“The second try we got through and got told to get back to our car; that was at about 5pm.”

Andrew and Elliott were caught unprepared and had advice for other people travelling to unpopulated areas.

“Always have your phoned charged and with you, have water in your car, have some provisions in your car and have some bedding or heavy coats in your car just in case.”

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