A NSW teenager spent more than 24 hours trapped in the wreckage of his crashed car before his worried Father managed to locate him with a hired helicopter.
A father’s hunch in hiring a helicopter to search for his missing son saved the teen's life when the chopper found the 17-year-old's wrecked car on the side of the road.
Tony Lethbridge, of New South Wales, Australia, said he feared the worst when his son, Samuel, did not return home Sunday morning after a Saturday night outing with his friends.
He reported his son as a missing person to police and then contacted a helicopter service to help him in the search, Sky News reported.
“When I saw the police, they thought he’d run away. I said ‘that’s not Samuel.’ When he doesn’t show up or phone, something’s seriously wrong.”
"I understand that they've got a lot to do and they hear this every day, but I took matters into my own hands and was thinking all night that tomorrow morning, I'm just going to get a helicopter and go looking for him because we're running out of time. It's been long enough," he added.
“It was a very extensive rescue, very difficult access, very difficult extraction of the patient and very, very lucky that the young fella is still alive,” NSW Ambulance spokesperson Jeff Atkins said.
Sam remains in hospital suffering from dehydration and badly broken bones, but his family is just so thankful he is still alive.
“It’s so much relief that he’s alive,” Sam’s sister Megan said, fighting back tears.