A mother and her nine-year-old son who were lost in the Australian bush for 10 days have recounted their traumatic experience.

Michelle Pittman, 40, and her son Dylan were found within the Mount Royal National Park, in the New South Wales Hunter region, on October 12.

The pair had set out on a bush walk 10 days earlier, but became lost in the dense bushland after losing sight of the track.

Speaking to Channel 7’s Sunday Night, Ms Pittman and Dylan said they managed to survive using skills they learned from TV adventurer, Bear Grylls.

Ms Pittman and Dylan resorted to drinking their own urine in order to combat their dehydration.

‘I said, ‘mummy will go first’, and I said, ‘you’ve got to keep thinking apple juice. Just think apple juice’,’ Ms Pittman said.

‘I’m glad I paid attention when we were watching it [Bear Grylls] because I remember him doing it and saying that you can.’

The mother and son cupped water from a nearby rock pool with leaves, and tied grass around trees to mark their place.

In an interview with Sunday Night, Bear Grylls dubbed Ms Pittman and Dylan ‘resourceful and courageous’.

‘You don’t have to be the biggest or the strongest, you’ve just got to be the smartest and the most tenacious and I think this whole experience really for me just speaks to Michelle and Dylan’s tenacity and their courage and that’s what really shines bright,’ Bear Grylls said.

They are certainly very lucky to have survived!

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  • So lucky they were found in time. Great warning there.


  • Thankfully the weather wasn’t too hot as they would have dehydrated a lot sooner. Thick bushland is not always a goos choice, especially if there isn’t a group of you.


  • Well, there you go, even fairly mindless TV can be helpful!


  • Wow, that’s amazing! What brave people!


  • I am glad to hear that they are alright.


  • Just goes to show what we can do when the going gets tough – our survival instincts really kick in! Great to hear it was a good outcome!


  • Thank heavens they are safe. You never know how strong and resilient you are until you get pushed to the limit.


  • Love the comment “you don’t have to be the biggest and the strongest” so true. Great this story has a happy ending,


  • Thank God they survived this, well done Michelle & Dylan !
    And yes Bear Grylls has some very strong, good and positive insights.


  • It is amazing how resourceful we can be when the necessity arises. Our brains absorb information and store it away until we need to draw on it. Survival skills are learnt from many life experiences but this story is incredible. Thankfully there was a happy ending.


  • Thank god for bear! He really is an inspiration to his viewers. Well-done to this mother and son for how courageous they were to.


  • Happy they were found safe and well.


  • Wow, so lucky to be alive. Just think what they can tell their children/grandchildren, what a story that will be. So glad it all turned out good.


  • I saw this story on Sunday Night last night. Incredible. To think no more be reported them missing til the 3rd day and then no one knew where to start looking for them. So lucky to be found


  • Who says tv is a waste of time?..lolo


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