A missing French tourist who sparked a massive search and rescue operation in a famous national park was actually camping in a cave writing a children's book. Yann Buried, 31, was last seen camping at Gunlom Falls in Kakadu National Park, in the Northern Territory, on August 17, sparking a large-scale ground and air search. But Mr. Buriet was in fact camping in a rock overhang with sufficient food and water supplies, unaware of the emergency mission surrounding him. The French traveler stayed at the well-concealed rock for five days before he returned to his white Mitsubishi van about 8.40am on Thursday.
We are very happy to see him alive and well. He had provisions, he had food and he had water,' she said.'He hadn't got lost. He had been up camping in one of the caves.' Mr. Buriet was assessed for injuries, dehydration and heat exposure.
Police became concerned by Mr. Buriet's whereabouts on Tuesday as his van, parked at the campsite at Gunlom Falls, seemingly hadn't been touched in days. They believed Mr. Buriet had been staying in Darwin and traveled to the national park on August 16. The French Consulate was advised of the search and police said family members had been contacted. In a statement, Ms. Burns said: 'This is a timely reminder for members of the public to make necessary plans when traveling outdoors'.' Always ensure you notify somebody of your travel plans, know your limits, and research the area prior to travel.''In case of emergency or calls for assistance, carry a satellite phone so you can notify emergency services or any other relevant contacts.'