Lost man survived on dam water, mushrooms

Robert Weber (c) has been found by a local property owner after going missing in early January.
Robert Weber (c) has been found by a local property owner after going missing in early January.

A Queensland man who got lost trying to walk to help after his car got bogged in a remote area has survived for two and a half weeks on wild mushrooms and dam water.

Robert Weber was initially reported missing after his empty Ford Falcon was found bogged on a road near Kilkivan, west of Gympie, on January 15.

The 58-year-old had last been seen leaving the Kilkivan Hotel with his dog on January 6 and police mounted a search of the area.

The search continued for days with police and State Emergency Service personnel scouring bushland, rivers and dams for any sign of Mr Weber.

As time passed hopes of finding him alive faded and officers finally decided to call off the search on Thursday.

However, a local property owner found Mr Weber near a dam about 9am on Sunday morning.

Police say he had initially got bogged and stayed with his car for three days in the hope that another car would pass by before his water ran out.

Mr Weber set off on foot but got lost and decided to stay near a dam where he could get water until help arrived.

He had survived by eating wild mushrooms, drinking the dam water and sleeping on the ground out in the open.

He was taken to hospital suffering exposure but he was otherwise safe and well.

Mr Weber's dog is yet to be found.

Australian Associated Press