‘Missing’ prospector found

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A Northampton prospector feared missing since Wednesday was found safe and well today in Leinster.

Friends became concerned when they could not contact with the 66-year-old after speaking to him by mobile phone at his camp 30 kilometres north-east of Yalgoo on Wednesday night.

They notified police at 8.40am today and plans were under way for a ground search of the area when friends made contact with him again by mobile phone at 10am.

Sergeant Ivan Davies of Yalgoo police said the man had changed plans and decided to prospect in Leinster.

“We’re all happy it ended well, but I urge prospectors to make sure they tell people where they are going and give them GPS co-ordinates so if anything happens they can be found,” he said.

“It is such a big area to search and the chances of finding him would have been slim.”

Sgt Davies said the man had enough supplies of food and water to last for several days.

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