An Australian family is stranded after their camper got stuck in the desert following heavy rain. They could stay there for a couple of weeks as the area is impassable for rescuers.
In November 2020, Orios and Lindsey Zavros embarked on the journey of a lifetime with their two children. The family took a Mitsubishi Canter custom camper from their Perth home through Western Australia, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland. They wanted to “cover every aspect of Australia” relationships 7 News, and they have gone far. Unfortunately, their plant met with his correspondence on the drive home as the family traversed the Simpson Desert.
Parts of the region were inundated by the rains, flooding the roads in the remote area. The Zavros and their Mitsubishi found themselves right in the middle and eventually got stuck. They activated an emergency GPS signal and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority found them within hours, dropping supplies and a phone.
Fortunately, there are no injuries.
The pictures show that the Mitsubishi is practically glued to its current point. To make matters worse, the area is remote and so wet that rescuers are currently unable to reach it by land. They are approximately 93 miles northwest of Oodnadatta.
The camping equipment is a 2006 Mitsubishi Canter 4×4. Orios and Lindsey hand built the camper which is loaded onto the Canter’s floor. and not only does it have the usual off-grid things like solar power and batteries, but it also includes a bathroom, shower, and washing machine. It works like a camper on a truck bed where it uses jacks for loading and unloading.
In an interview last year with Expedition Portal, the Zavros say they are long-standing off-roaders. Part of the inspiration for the construction was being able to carry a lot of weight in an RV without exceeding legal limits. They also wanted to explore extreme parts of Australia without having to haul a trailer around.
Reading the build sounds a lot like the RVs we wrote about here. The truck also has a low range, 37-inch all-terrain tires and a limited-slip rear differential. It has plenty of hauling gear, including a 17,000-pound winch in front and a 12,000-pound winch in the back. They say he has already traversed a lot of rough terrain without getting stuck, some of it covered by the family Instagram.
South Australian police are organizing a ground rescue operation to recover the family and the Canter but to say that there are challenges to get there. Not only are they stuck in a remote area, but like 7News relationships it may be inaccessible by land for up to two weeks depending on the weather.
Meanwhile, the family is said to have sufficient supplies. In the end, they will surely have a story to tell. That lighthouse has certainly paid off for itself too.
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