Five people reported missing in the Northern Territory outback have been found — along with three others.
Sheena Cummings, the mother of one of the missing people, told the ABC the group had been bogged during a hunting trip near Bulman, about 300 kilometres east of Katherine.
The Northern Territory Police confirmed the eight people had been found and there were no significant injuries.
Five people were reported missing on Wednesday, after a pair who went looking for a missing trio also failed to return.
On Monday, Telina Cummings, 26, Kurt Tipingwuti, 26, and Esau Martin, 31, left to go hunting in an area approximately 20 kilometres south-east of Bulman, which is about 300 kilometres east of Katherine.
The next day, two men – Lincoln Martin, 44, and James Andrews, 32 – went to search for the missing people.
None of the five people returned.
Police believe the trio were travelling in an older-model Toyota Landcruiser.
Mr Martin and Mr Andrews departed Bulman in separate cars.
Police believe the initial hunting party had ample food and water and are familiar with the area.
A helicopter was deployed from Katherine to search the Bulman area, with a volunteer trained in aerial observation onboard.
Police said further resources were en route.
However a land search is currently restricted due to localised flooding and boggy conditions.
Anyone with further information in relation to the missing people is urged to contact police on 131 444.
Search for another missing man called off
Minutes after NT Police announced the search for the missing five was under way, they suspended the search for missing bushman Harold Morton.
Mr Morton, 44, was last seen at 6am on Friday walking north from the remote Aboriginal community of Ampilatwatja, about 322 kilometres north of Alice Springs.
Police said they had conducted numerous aerial and land searches and their hopes of finding him alive were diminishing.
“Sadly, our extensive search efforts that have been dedicated to finding Harold will be returned to normal front line police duties, unless further information indicating Harold’s location were to become available,” Senior Sergeant Michael Potts said.
“At this stage, due to the extreme weather conditions in the region, our hopes of finding Mr Morton alive and in good health are diminishing.”
Mr Morton is described as being of Aboriginal appearance, 175cm tall, with a slender build and a greying beard.
At the time he went missing he was wearing blue jeans, a two-tone green and blue polo shirt and runners.
Anyone with information on Mr Morton’s whereabouts are asked to call police on 131 444.