Prospector found dead in outback NSW

A missing prospector has been found dead and his companion has been taken to hospital after their 4WD became bogged in mud near Broken Hill in outback NSW.

SMH reports that the dead man William Coles, 78 and his friend Raymond Davis, 81 were on a prospecting trip when their vehicle became stuck.

They were believed to be heading to a sheep station north of Broken Hill on Wednesday morning.

Their families raised the alarm after they failed to return to Broken Hill that day.

The police and State Emergency Service conducted a search involving two aeroplanes and landholders were told to keep a look out for the two men.

A local landowner found the vehicle near Euriowie, about 70 kilometres north of Broken Hill, about 1.45pm on Thursday.

There was plenty of food and water in the vehicle and neither man had attempted to leave the vehicle. Mr Davis was assessed by paramedics and then taken to Broken Hill Base Hospital for further checks.

It is believed that medical authorities will investigate if Coles died of a pre-existing condition.

The 4WD was examined by police, including detectives and forensic services officers. They will prepare a report for the coroner.

Earlier this year, a 46-year-old prospector went missing in Western Australia and has not been found, while last year Aboriginal trackers were called in to help search for a gold prospector who disappeared on Queensland's Cape York.
 

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