Rain saves man lost in outback

Rain has saved the life of a man who spent four scorching days missing in outback Queensland.

The man, aged in his 50s, was found yesterday afternoon, four days after he was last seen setting out to check bores on his property near Quilpie, in the state's southwest.

His bogged vehicle was found on a neighbour's property on Saturday, and search crews finally located him about 5.20pm (AEST) yesterday.

Police Inspector Steve Kersley said the man was disoriented and dehydrated when help finally arrived.

"He was extremely lucky. It was lucky there was a bit of rain down that way about a week ago, which has kept him alive over the last few days," Insp Kersley told ABC radio.

"We've had temperatures in the high 30s. If he didn't have water to drink he would have perished just due to those high temperatures."

He said the area where the man was found was "pretty hard country" and he'd walked a long way in the searing heat.

Two aircraft, police and State Emergency Service volunteers were involved in the search.

The man was flown to Roma Hospital to recover from his ordeal.

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