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article imageBritish backpacker sends $1,500 to rescuers

By Kevin Jess     Sep 17, 2009 in World
British backpacker Jamie Neale has sent the New South Wales State Emergency Service (SES) a portion of the money he earned from selling his story of survival in the Australian Blue Mountains.
Londoner Jamie Neale, 19, disappeared during a planned bush walk in the Blue Mountains on July 3. After a huge search and rescue operation by SES he was found, 12 days later, reports Australian Associated Press.
He said he survived on bush tucker, Australian terminology for the huge variety of herbs, spices, mushrooms, fruits, flowers, vegetables, animals, birds, reptiles and insects that are native to the country.
Neale sold his story of how he survived by eating what he could find and sleeping under logs to the Nine Network's 60 Minutes program for $200,000.
Richard Cass, Neale's father, flew out from Britain to join the search which involved about 400 people and covered over 100 square kilometres. He was overjoyed to see his son after giving him up for dead reported the Daily Telegraph.
Part of the deal to sell his story Neale said, was that rescue services would receive $100,000 worth of local advertising to inform the public about how to properly prepare for hikes, but today Seven Network reported Neale had personally donated $1,500 to the Blue Mountains SES.
The Telegraph reported in late July that Neale and his father had a "falling out" when he had decided to keep the money and not share it with his father.
"The money will go to helping run the organisation here in the Blue Mountains," an SES spokesman told the Seven network.
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