Backpacker wrote letters of farewell

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The British backpacker who survived 12 days in the Australian outback wrote goodbye letters to his family, fearing he would not be rescued. Jamie Neale told 60 Minutes: "I was thinking I might die on that mountain."

Mr Neale, 19, added: "I'm not a particularly religious person but I started thinking about God and I was praying and saying, 'Surely you can move a helicopter an inch and find me.'" He survived near-freezing conditions in the bush by using bark as a blanket.

He retraced his steps in the Blue Mountains and answered questions about whether his ordeal had been a hoax. "The people in hospital said I'm going to get a lot of this criticism and people saying it was a hoax," he said. "But I've been in the situation. I know what it's like."

He threw a party this weekend to honour the rescuers who found him.

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