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Dogs keep couple warm during night lost in Wongi Forest

Janet Rogers and Eddie Bourke will have a real holiday adventure story to share when they get back home. The couple had to be rescued from Wongi State Forest.
Janet Rogers and Eddie Bourke will have a real holiday adventure story to share when they get back home. The couple had to be rescued from Wongi State Forest. Robyne Cuerel

A COUPLE rescued by helicopter from Wongi State Forest at the weekend say the experience has not put them off the Fraser Coast's national parks.

Eddie Bourke and Janet Rogers from Kalbar spent a cold night inside their car with their golden retrievers after becoming bogged while trying an alternative route out of the forest on Saturday afternoon.

Resting up at the Wallace Caravan Park on Tuesday, the semi-retired business owners could not praise the work of police and RACQ Careflight enough.

Mr Bourke, who suffers heart problems and diabetes, said if they had been stranded without food for much longer, he may not have made it.

"By 3pm Sunday I was ready to chow down on the dog treats to keep my blood sugar up," he said.

They were looking forward to returning to the forestry in the future - but this time they wouldn't be straying off the main roads.

"We got talking to some people out there and they told us about a shortcut to the bitumen road," Mr Bourke said.

Two hours later, after some dodgy directions from their GPS, they found themselves hopelessly lost, bogged and out of fuel.

Police called in the rescue chopper on Sunday afternoon, 24 hours after the couple became bogged.

"It's the biggest adventure we've had on our travels and the biggest one we ever want to have," Ms Rogers laughed.

Topics:  maryborough, racq careflight




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