Missing 3-year-old boy Anthony 'AJ' Elfala found in Australian bush after 3-day search

Video footage released by police show the boy desperately scooping water into his mouth in a creek in Putty, around 150 km northwest of Sydney, just before his rescue

Missing 3-year-old boy Anthony 'AJ' Elfala found in Australian bush after 3-day search

Anthony Elfalak, right, and his wife, Kelly, embrace after hearing their son AJ is found alive on the family property near Putty, northwest of Sydney, Australia, on September 6, 2021. Three-year-old AJ was found sitting in a creek and cupping water in his hands to drink three days after he was lost in rugged Australian woodland. AP/PTI

September 6

Australian emergency services rescued a three-year old boy on Monday three days after he went missing from his family's property.

Video footage released by New South Wales police showed the boy, Anthony 'AJ' Elfalak, desperately scooping water into his mouth in a creek in Putty, around 150 km (93 miles) northwest of Sydney, just before his rescue.

AJ was taken to hospital and was reported to have suffered some scrapes from a fall and a nappy rash.

Asked what had sustained him during the ordeal, the boy's relieved father Anthony Elfalak said: "Just to see my son, he's named after me."

It was unclear why the boy had wandered away from his parents' home on Friday. Reuters

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