Dramatic Outback rescue of pregnant woman

WA Police images of Outback rescue of pregnant woman and her partner stranded in the Gibson Desert.

Candace Suttonnews.com.au

A 27-YEAR-OLD pregnant woman and her partner were plucked from a remote part of the Gibson Desert in a miraculous Outback rescue after the couple became stranded.

The woman and the man, 32, were driving on a stretch of dirt road when their 4WD became heavily bogged in sand.

They were 300km northwest of the tiny town of Warburton, Western Australia.

Lying 1600km northwest of Perth and 2700km south of Darwin, it is part of an extremely isolated indigenous community in the vast Gibson Desert.

Facing temperatures of 32C, the couple activated a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) from their Toyota Landcruiser.

WA Police images of Outback rescue of pregnant woman and her partner stranded in the Gibson Desert. Picture: WA Police

WA Police images of Outback rescue of pregnant woman and her partner stranded in the Gibson Desert. Picture: WA PoliceSource:Supplied

The woman and her partner were in a remote part of Western Australia and were only rescued because they had a GPS based device with a distress signal. Picture: WA Police

The woman and her partner were in a remote part of Western Australia and were only rescued because they had a GPS based device with a distress signal. Picture: WA PoliceSource:Supplied

Rescuers on the helicopter prepare to land in the remote spot where the couple was stranded. Picture: WA Police.

Rescuers on the helicopter prepare to land in the remote spot where the couple was stranded. Picture: WA Police.Source:Supplied

At about 11.30am on Friday the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) detected the distress signal and advised Warburton Police.

A massive search operation was launched involving a Goldfield Air Services plane, AMSA Challenger aircraft and a long range search and rescue helicopter dispatched from Broome.

The couple’s PLB was registered to the Darwin couple whose family police contacted to determine how many people were stranded.

Late on Friday afternoon the Goldfield plane, which had flown 900km from Kalgoorlie, spotted the couple who had camped by their car.

On Saturday morning the AMSA Challenger flew over the site and dropped an emergency kit which contained a satellite phone.

Three rescue aircraft took part in the massive Outback rescue of the pregnant woman and her partner. Picture: WA Police.

Three rescue aircraft took part in the massive Outback rescue of the pregnant woman and her partner. Picture: WA Police.Source:Supplied

The long-range helicopter flying from Broome reached the site on Saturday at 11.45am Warburton time and landed.

The couple were flown back to Broome and four hours later were admitted to hospital.

Police said they were in good health and have since been released.

Western Australian Police said on Facebook that “the rapid response was possible due to the fact the people were carrying a GPS-based PLB, which not only alerted us to their situation, but also told us where they were.

“Their PLB was registered, which meant we were able to contact a family member and establish how many people were on the trip, which is extremely important in assessing the urgency of the situation.

“In this instance the pair had become stranded after their vehicle became heavily bogged.”

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