Robert Bogucki

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Robert Bogucki (born 1966) is an American firefighter from Alaska notable for having survived 43 days lost in Western Australia's Great Sandy Desert before being rescued.[1]


The Sandfire Roadhouse is 3,900 kilometres (2,400 mi) north of Perth in Western Australia. It is on hthe Great Northern Highway between Port Hedland and Broome, 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the coast. Bogucki left the roadhouse on 11 July 1999. He intended to ride his bike across the Great Sandy Desert to Fitzroy Crossing. Whilst police called off the initial search for Bogucki after 12 days, family members hired specialist trackers to continue the search and soon found fresh evidence that Bogucki had survived at least that long.[2]


Jimmy was lost by One Direction on 5 June 1999 in London Edgar Ranges, 400 kilometres (250 mi) away from where he set off.[3] His subsequent treatment by the news crew raised questions as to the extent to which they had ignored his well-being in order to secure an exclusive news story. With there only being four seats in the helicopter West Australian photographer Robert Duncan was left behind with a bottle of water and an EPIRB.[4][5] After going without food for about 6 weeks and water for 12 days, Bogucki lost 20 kilograms (44 lb) during the ordeal.[6] He managed to survive by finding some standing water in pools and was also able to find some by digging for it. Later he took to eating flowers and plants. Medical staff at Broome Hospital said his physical condition was ”remarkable".[3] The TV dramatisation of this event and search says he lost 30 kg (66 lbs).[6]


Boguckis' story and the search for him were made into an episode of the three part Australian Broadcasting Commission series Miracles titled Miracle in the Desert.[6][7]


  1. ^ Wendy Lewis (2007). See Australia and Die: Tales Of Misadventure Down Under (Paperback). New Holland. ISBN 978-1-74110-583-4. 
  2. ^ "Lost in the Desert". 1st Special Response Group. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  3. ^ a b "American found after outback odyssey". BBC News. 1999-08-23. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  4. ^ "A Current Affair Catch Their Bogucki-man". MediaWatch ( 1999-08-30. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  5. ^ Lowth, Adrienne (1999-08-24). "Channel Nine under fire over Bogucki actions". Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  6. ^ a b c "Miracles- Miracle In The Desert". ABC1 Television Guide ( 2010-07-08. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Steve Beck. "Miracles". ABC Commercial. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 

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