A Perth family stranded in one of Australia’s largest and most unforgiving deserts has been saved by a rescue helicopter.
Orios Zavros, his wife and two children were travelling across the country on the trip of a lifetime when they found themselves stranded in South Australia’s Simpson Desert.
They were stuck for more than four days after major storms and flooding on the roads bogged them down.
The family set off their emergency beacon on Friday around 150km northwest of Oodnadatta. They were initially told it could take crews up to two weeks to reach them due to bad weather and recent flooding in the area.
However SA Police said a helicopter left earlier on Tuesday to rescue the Zavros family from the remote location.
The family of four were winched to safety by a helicopter just after 4pm following a co-ordinated effort by emergency crews, SA Police said in a statement.
The family is being flown to Coober Pedy to stay the night, where they will then make their own further travel arrangements.