Lost Qld runner: '24 hours without food, 16 without water'
AN ex-military ultra-runner has spent 30 hours lost in bushland in the Gold Coast Hinterland.
Suffering from hypothermia and hallucinating from exhaustion and a lack of food and water, Peter Dalby used his Royal Marines' training to stay calm and survive.
The 49-year-old Hope Island man embarked on 24km run out of Binna Burra with friends on Friday morning before getting off the trail to check out a nearby waterfall.
Without a GPS or phone Mr Dalby, who has been an ultra-athlete for 30 years, was disorientated after the paddle and couldn't find the path he had been on.
"I nearly died up there in those hills," Mr Dalby told the Bulletin. "I think I'm quite experienced ... but goes to show anyone can make a mistake and it nearly cost me my life."
Mr Dalby tried to find his way to safety but decided it was best to climb on to a ledge high above the valley in the hopes of being spotted.
The police helicopter found him on Saturday afternoon and called in the Rescue 500 Brisbane chopper to winch him to safety.
"The air rescue was dangerous due to the position I was in on the side of the mountain and the very strong wind made it nearly impossible," Mr Dalby said. "They spotted me after a couple fly-bys."
Mr Dalby said the alarm had been raised by his running buddies when he failed to return.
"I went 24 hours with no food and 16 hours with no water," he said.
"I was only in a running shirt, shorts and shoes.
"It was a very, very cold night. I am sore and tired but thankful."
Mr Dalby "never" gave up during the ordeal but there were a few moments when he thought "this is it".
Incredibly Mr Dalby's whole journey was tracked via the running and cycling adventure app Relive.
He intends to get back in the saddle immediately and do the same run tomorrow.
Although he will stay with his group and take a phone with him.
"(People should) always take a survival kit," he said.
Mr Dalby wants to thank Susie Lee Smith, and the other ladies he was running with, the "Run Goat Run" Running company along side the guys from "Wild Earth".
"They all came to my aid at the drop of a hat," he said.
"The Police, SES and of course the amazing (if not a bit crazy) guys at Rescue 500 Helicopter ... I am truly blessed."