An Australian family is stranded after your camper got stuck in the desert after heavy rains. They could be 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 custom Mitsubishi Canter caravan from their home in Perth through Western Australia, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland. They wanted to “cover all aspects of Australia” reports 7News, and they have gone far. Unfortunately, her rig found its match on the journey home when the family crossed the Simpson Desert.
Parts of the region were flooded with rain, flooding roads in the remote area. The Zavros and their Mitsubishi met right in the middle and eventually got stuck. They activated an emergency GPS beacon and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority found them within hours, dumping supplies and a phone.
Fortunately, there are no injuries.
The images show the Mitsubishi practically glued to its current place. To make matters worse, the area is remote and so soggy that rescuers cannot reach it by land. They are about 93 miles northwest of Oodnadatta.
The camping equipment is a 2006 Mitsubishi Canter 4×4. Orios and Lindsey built the caravan that was loaded onto the Canter bed by hand, And it not only has the usual off-grid stuff like solar power and batteries, but it even includes a toilet, shower, and washing machine. It works like a truck bed caravan using jacks for loading and unloading.
In an interview last year with Expedition Portal, the Zavros say they’ve been off-roading for a long time. Part of the inspiration for the construction was being able to carry a lot of weight in a caravan without exceeding legal limits. They also wanted to explore extreme parts of Australia without having to tow a trailer.
Reading the construction sounds a lot like the campers we’ve written about here. The truck also has low-range 37-inch off-road tires and a limited-slip rear differential. It has a host of recovery equipment, including a 17,000-pound winch in the front and a 12,000-pound winch in the rear. They say you have already been through a lot of rough terrain without getting stuck, somewhat covered in the family. Instagram.
The South Australian police are organizing a land rescue effort to recover the family and the Canter. But let’s say there are challenges in getting there. Not only are they stuck in a remote area, but 7News reports it can be inaccessible by land for up to two weeks depending on the weather.
Meanwhile, the family is said to have sufficient supplies. When all is said and done, they will definitely have a story to tell. That beacon definitely paid for itself too.
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