Family of four gets lost in Tasmanian wilderness
For thousands of years, Man has used nature to provide us with food, shelter, and water. However, it does has some dangers. The Duckworth family, from Prairie Village, learned this lesson the hard way. What started of as an innocent way to go on a hike and enjoy the nature around them turned into an endless hike through the ravenous Tasmanian landscape.
On March 5th, 2012, Andrea, Mike, Elaine, and Keaton Duckworth embarked on what turned out to be the worst hike of their life. Their destination was Wineglass Bay, a bay with some of the clearest water and most beautiful scenery you will ever see. This bay is one of the top destinations in all of Tasmania.
The hike there was seemingly innocent. It took maybe forty minutes and the trail was along a mountain so there was always a beautiful scene. They finally arrived and saw the bay.
“It looked like a wineglass” claimed Keaton Duckworth, one of the members of the family.
This is where the problem began. The family has seen the bay and were prepared for the hike home. They reached a crossroad. One sign led the way back to where they came. The other sign led to a longer path back to the beginning that supposedly had better scenery. Being the incredibly daredevilish, risk taking, stupid family they were, the Duckworths took the longer route back. Everything was downhill from there.
The first ten minutes were nice. The sign was right, and the scenery was amazing. However, at the 11th minute, they ran out of water. Elaine Duckworth, who goes by Lainie, had drank it all. The family started struggling. They walked into a field.
“I saw the field and thought it was our destination” Keaton Duckworth said to authorities, “Little did i know, the worst was yet to come.”
They pressed on, driven by the thought of their thirst and hunger being quenched. At this point, they had entered a forest area. The kids were struggling. The parents were struggling even more. While on the brink of death, the family saw the destination which they has suffered so much and lost so much to find: their car.
“I saw the car, and I was the happiest person in the world” claimed Keaton Duckworth.
The Duckworths were a different family after this experience. They never were not prepared again, and now cherish every day of their lives.