Residents on GKI left notes for a missing tourists yesterday. Photo: Contributed
Residents on GKI left notes for a missing tourists yesterday. Photo: Contributed Contributed

Teen spends night lost on Great Keppel Island

A NORWEGIAN tourist has been found safe and well after spending close to 40 hours lost on Great Keppel Island.  

The tourist, who is known as Arthur, was part of a group but had left the Keppel Hideaway to go for a walk before 6.30am.  

It's believed he was on the lighthouse ridge around noon but got lost in the bush when he tried to make his way back.  

The 18-year-old's disappearance was raised to staff and residents on the island late yesterday afternoon.   

Residents searched by foot and quad bike until it was too dark and had to call off the search.  

A resident on the island said the unkempt roads and pathways on the island hindered the search.   

The resident said it was Tower Holding's responsibility to keep the roads maintained, which were now too overgrown for vehicles, such as search and fire vehicles. They said only quad bikes were able to cross some areas of the island due to the condition.   

A resident continued the search before first light this morning and found Arthur on a beach.

The resident said Arthur was very thirsty and hungry when he was found, but otherwise in an okay state.   

The Morning Bulletin is seeking comment from Tower Holdings on the issue of maintenance on the island.   


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