MUNDARING resident Heather Ellis is lucky to be alive after she became lost in the Nannup area on Sunday and spent a night in bushland accompanied by her three dogs.
Mrs Ellis and her 80 year-old husband Mike had been travelling on Milyeannup Coast Rd when she pulled over to take a break near Scotts River.
While her husband took photos of wildflowers on the side of the road, Mrs Ellis took take her golden retrievers Flash, Phoenix and Czarda for a walk in the forest at around 11.30am on Sunday morning.
When she failed to return, her husband raised the alarm which sparked an extensive search involving 40 State Emergency Services volunteers, rangers, police and the police helicopter.
Their efforts were hampered by low cloud and thick bush, with the search being called off at 10 pm on Sunday night before resuming again at first light on Monday morning.
Mrs Ellis and her dogs were discovered disorientated and dehydrated but in otherwise good physical health by a Channel Nine news crew when she walked out of the bush on Monday at about 12.30pm.
The news crew took her to St John Ambulance paramedics who subsequently transferred the 65 year-old woman to Nannup hospital for a precautionary medical check.
Mrs Ellis and her husband are now both safely back home in Mundaring and according to her husband she is exhausted but resting comfortably after her ordeal.
By Andrew Carter