Missing Toddler Found

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Matilda With Family

On 15 January 2020, three-year-old Matilda, accompanied by her pet dog Polly, wandered off from her home on Noreena Downs Homestead which is approximately 70 kilometres from Nullagine in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

The area received heavy rain in recent days, which led to several creeks surrounding the property flowing with water.

Matilda made her way through one of the creek beds when the water subsided.  However, due to the heavy rainfall, the creek quickly rose - trapping Matilda and her Jack Russell.

When the alarm was raised that Matilda was missing, the local community immediately swung into action and came to the assistance of Matilda’s family, providing local helicopters and State Emergency Service volunteers. The Newman Horse Riders Association supplied seven horses with riders. The Western Australia Police Force and community members worked quickly and tirelessly in the search for little Matilda.  

After nearly 24 hours of being alone and without shelter, Matilda was spotted by a helicopter walking around 3.5 kilometres south of the homestead. Her faithful pet dog was by her side, still protecting her.

Happily, Matilda and Polly have been reunited with their family.

Rescuers