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Zavros family reveal more details behind their Simpson Desert rescue ordeal

Perth’s Zavros family have detailed their fears for their children after being winched out of a remote part of the Simpson Desert to safety.

Kallaroo couple Ori and Lindsey Zavros had been in the midst of an around-the-nation trip in their camper truck when they were hit by wild weather and became heavily-bogged in the Witjira National Park. With essential supplies, including a satellite phone, dropped to them by police, they had planned to see out the storm and make their way back out despite the fact they could have been trapped for weeks.

But after being airlifted out by police helicopter on Tuesday and taken to safety in Coober Pedy, they admitted being worried about what effect and emerging heat wave would have on their young children, Zoe and Zane.

The experienced adventurers were also fearful of what could happen if they allowed their kids to go outside of their self-made truck some about 150km north-east of Oodnadatta.

“That was one of the more scary things,” Mrs Zavros told the ABC on Wednesday.

“Because we knew we were in the middle of nowhere, we didn’t want the kids to go outside and play and get stuck in mud or get hurt on anything because we can’t just take you to the hospital. We couldn’t afford to use water to wash them, so that’s why they were stuck inside — they would normally be out in the mud all day building mud castles and all sorts, but unfortunately we couldn’t do that.

“They knew we were stuck, but the hardest part for them was not being able to play outside. Then they were so excited to go in the helicopter, so they’ve had a rollercoaster of emotions as well.”

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