“Everybody was saying he’s probably run away … [but] that’s just not Samuel,” the father NSW from told Sunrise.
That gut instinct is what ultimately saved his son’s life. After an extensive search along NSW’s Central Coast failed to find any sign of Samuel or his car, Tony remembered a fatal car accident that happened five years ago on the Pacific Highway at Crangan Bay, south of Newcastle.
He then knew what to do.
Tony made the drastic decision to hire a helicopter to widen the search and on Monday morning, after 10 minutes in the air with Samuel’s uncle, Michael, they spotted the white car crashed 20 metres down a bank off the Pacific Highway in bush land not visible from the road where they’d been searching.
Samuel had been trapped there for 30 hours.
“I thought… I can’t leave him out there without looking so yeah we went and hired the helicopter straight away and found him within ten minutes,” Tony said.
Michael added, “It was an absolute wreck, and I was a little bit afraid of what I might find”.
It took rescue crews almost an hour to cut the teenager free from the wreckage, after which he was flown to John Hunter Hospital with injuries to his ankle, forearm, spine and femur, News.com.au reports.