August 20, 2014
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) - A British teenager who spent 12 days lost in Australia's wilderness says he was a "total idiot" to venture unprepared into the Blue Mountains.
Nineteen-year-old Jamie Neale told Australia's "60 Minutes" he feared he would die of starvation and wrote farewell notes to his family.
Neale, who was paid more than $160,000 for his story, says he ate seeds and weeds and slept under bark to keep warm in the Australian winter. He was found by hikers last Wednesday.
Neale told the program, he was overconfident when he left for his hike and "didn't respect the seriousness of the situation."
The Briton says, "In the U.K., you can walk for a day and you'd end up in a pub," But, in Australia, he says, "you can get lost so easily."
Neale's father has said that any money earned would be donated to the searchers.
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