Posted: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
By Rick Couri
It was December 29th when Stephen Currie went missing.
Search parties looked for him for nearly two weeks before giving up and considering him dead.
Despite 100 degree days and dangerous nights Stephen survived.
And he did it by eating butterflies.
“He made bedding out of bark and slept in sand covered with paper bark,” Marimba police Senior Constable Vince Marcel said.
“Each day he would go for a walk and see if he found a track and eventually he was found by one of the locals out on one.”
Currie also ate a few mussels and some wild fruit.
The Courier-Mail reports the ordeal was hard on Currie, “he just had a pair of shorts on, no shoes, no hat, no provisions,'” Marcel noted.
Stephen lost 30 pounds, but was fortunate to find a river with fresh water to keep him alive.
Currie's family and friends admit he is a bit of a loner. They think he might re-think that course after his near miss.
Stephen is being treated for dehydration and malnutrition, but doctors think he will be fine.