Hiker drags himself through Australia woods with broken leg

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Neil Parker was recovering in a Brisbane hospital on Wednesday after he was rescued by a search helicopter

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BRISBANE, Australia (AP) – A hiker says he crawled for two days through rugged Australian woodland with a broken leg and arm after falling six meters (20 feet) down a waterfall and then dropping his cellphone in a creek.

Neil Parker was recovering in a Brisbane hospital on Wednesday after he was rescued by a search helicopter crew on Tuesday from Mount Nebo on the city’s outskirts.

The Brisbane resident told reporters in a tearful news conference from his hospital bed that he fell on Sunday during what he expected would be a three-hour hike.

Parker said he dragged himself along the creek to a more commonly used walking path, taking two days to cover a distance that he had walked in 40 minutes on Sunday.

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