A MOTHER and her nine-year-old son have been found alive after spending 10 days lost in rugged bushland in NSW.
The 40-year-old woman and her young son were reported missing last week after failing to return home from a bushwalk in the Mount Royal National Park east of Singleton on Monday, October 2.
In what is being described by police as an extraordinary story of survival, the mother and child were found alive in the national park this afternoon, despite having gone 10 days without food.
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The woman and her son staggered out of the remote national park shortly after midday and made their way onto Mount Royal Road where they were picked up by passing police around 12.30pm.
But, after going almost two weeks without eating and being exposed to the elements for so long, the mother and child were delirious and unable to speak properly when they were rescued.
They were both taken to Singleton Hospital where they remain this evening, receiving treatment for dehydration, scratches, cuts and numerous insect bites.
It’s understood the pair managed to stay alive by using leaves to collect water from a natural rock pool.
They also reportedly picked ticks and leeches off each other and tied grass around trees to mark their location.
Ambulance officers described the pair as being in “remarkably good physical condition”, given the circumstances.
Scores of police, SES volunteers, paramedics and national park rangers had spent the last four days searching for the pair after their vehicle was found parked in the national park on Monday, October 9.
The national park in which they were stranded is made up of extremely rugged and at times steep terrian.