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Woman endures 17 days lost in the rainforest

By T.K. Randall
October 9, 2014 · Comment icon 19 comments

Fraser survived alone for 17 days in the Australian rainforest. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.5 Diliff
Mother-of-three Shannon Fraser went missing for over two weeks prompting an extensive search effort.
Fraser vanished back in September near Golden Hole, Queensland just two days after proposing to her boyfriend.

Her disappearance sparked a massive search and rescue operation by local authorities who scoured the rainforest in the surrounding region for any signs of her whereabouts.

Everyone was stunned when she turned up alive 17 days later just a short distance from where she was last seen.
Having had no tools or supplies the resourceful 30-year-old had reportedly survived by drinking water from streams and by eating fish and insects. Her body was covered in bruises, cuts and bites while her feet were in such a poor state that she had to undergo surgery shortly after being found. She had also suffered extensive burns on her back due to prolonged exposure to the sun.

"She's still in shock and traumatised," said her brother Dylan Fraser. "Shannon won't be speaking publicly to anyone until she is feeling well enough. Doctors are still very worried about her physical and mental state after such a hectic ordeal."

The 30-year-old is now believed to be resting comfortably in hospital.

Source: Courier Mail | Comments (19)

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Comment icon #10 Posted by Calibeliever 10 years ago
Got drunk and wandered off into the trees. If she'd stayed put they would have found her pretty quick I'm guessing. It seems they knew where to start looking.
Comment icon #11 Posted by paperdyer 10 years ago
Like all of you, I'm glad she's OK. I just wonder where her kids were when she and "Her de facto partner Heath Cassady," were out on their "bender".
Comment icon #12 Posted by Jyre Cayce 10 years ago
Sadly, they found her wondering only 10 feet frim her camp, walking around in a circle.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Myles 10 years ago
I question whether she may have just been hiding on purpose. Lots of stuff leads me to question the validity of the story. Why was she naked? She was on a reality show before this. A biggest loser type. Maybe she figured she'd lose weight if she followed the Naked and Afraid model. They usually lose 25-40 lbs in 21 days. She managed to avoid the search parties. I also wondered what the boyfriend went through. I'm sure he was a main suspect. I would think that her family and him had the relationship strained quite a bit.
Comment icon #14 Posted by maximusnow 10 years ago
Survival show host or participants know they can tap out at any time or rescue is a simple push of the button. There is something primal that happens to people when it's a real do or die situation. Some loose the will to fight but most find a power inside that takes over, enabling them to do whatever it takes to stay alive.
Comment icon #15 Posted by snop1x 10 years ago
Comment icon #16 Posted by snop1x 10 years ago
i can't understand this.. what was she doing out of the kichen? to be clear before a witch hunt for my head starts, just kidding
Comment icon #17 Posted by kapow53 10 years ago
I don't believe it
Comment icon #18 Posted by MidnightLady 9 years ago
She was there? I would return and enlist some of the survivors from "Survivor" to build me a home. Oh, forgot. They are not very good at surviving. Sorry for being redundant. One of my major faults.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Karasu 9 years ago
If anyone has got the balls to survive 17 days in the bush its the type of woman who proposes to her man instead of waiting for him to propose... Someone who takes the bull by the horns Then kicks said bull, in the testes! i can't understand this.. what was she doing out of the kichen? to be clear before a witch hunt for my head starts, just kidding I actually laughed a little.

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