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Robert Bogucki (born 1966) is an American firefighter from Alaska famous for having survived 43 days lost in Western Australia's Great Sandy Desert before being rescued. 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.
Bogucki was found by a news helicopter on 23 August 1999 in Western Australia's Edgar Ranges, 400km (250 miles) away from where he set off. 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. Bogucki lost 20kg (44 pounds) during the ordeal, and managed to survive by eating flowers and plants. Medical staff at Broome Hospital said his physical condition was remarkable 
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