When Tony Lethbridge’s 17-year-old son Samuel Lethbridge disappeared, he knew they needed to find him right away. Samuel had been driving along the Central Coast region of New South Wales on his way to Blacksmiths where he was planning to meet his girlfriend. Unfortunately, Samuel never arrived and would not answer his phone.
When no one had heard from Samuel in 24 hours, the police finally stepped in and started to investigate. Originally, police told the concerned father that they thought me might have just ran away, and told him he should wait at home while they began the search. Tony refused to sit around and wait for word of his boy, so he did the only thing he could think of.
Tony recalled learning about an accident along the Pacific Highway previously where the man had died several days before he was found by rescuers. That’s why Tony went to the closest airport and gave $1,000 to the first helicopter pilot they saw. It didn’t take them long to find Samuel’s car only a few miles from their house.
Samuel was alive, although very dehydrated after spending 30 hours in the car. During the wreck, he had suffered a broken arm, dislocated elbow, and some other fractures. Samuel was able to be saved, and the helicopter pilot told Tony to keep his money, they were just glad to help. Thankfully for Samuel, his dad refused to give up on him.