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Family’s ominous Instagram post before becoming stranded in the Simpson Desert

Friends of a family stranded in one of Australia’s largest deserts have taken to social media to wish for their safe return.

Orios Zavros, his wife and children were travelling across the country on the trip of a lifetime when they found themselves stranded in South Australia’s Simpson Desert a few days ago when their campervan became bogged after heavy rain.

The shocking turn of the events came just days after the family shared a post to their Instagram account declaring they had made it to Birdsville in Queensland.

“Bring on the Simpson Desert,” they wrote, alongside a picture of their van.

There are now fears the family could be trapped for several more days due to bad weather.

The travellers set off their emergency beacon about 10am on Friday after becoming stuck in their modified Mitsubishi Canter about 150 kilometres northwest of Oodnadatta in South Australia’s Simpson Desert.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) made contact with the family about 2.30pm on Friday and confirmed no one had been injured.

A rescue plane was deployed to deliver a satellite phone and water, with police confirming they had enough essential supplies to see them through the weekend.

“The vehicle from Western Australia containing two adults and two children became stranded after bad weather and flooding on the roads,” police said.

“They are safe and well and in contact with the police.”

The AMSA warned roads in the area were likely to be “flooded and inaccessible for several days”.

Several family and friends, including friend Ben Allen, have taken to Facebook to share details of the family’s misadventures.

“Stay safe until they come and recover (you),” he wrote.

Another friend Russ Cullen also wished his mate well and offered some words of advice.

“That ground will become firmer faster than you know it once it gets some sun and wind on it,” he commented.

“Don’t get impatient and chop up where you are and make it worse.”

Both Mr Allen and Mr Cullen were confident their friend would make it out safely.

“He knows what to do,” Mr Cullen said.

“If he waits and uses good judgement he will drive out of there no worries.”

The family of four headed off on their 12-month adventure around Australia in November 2020, and were on their way home to Perth when they became stuck.

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