Victoria police asked locals to help pull him out of the thunder by playing music from the “Thomas the Tank Engine” show and leaving him food and water.
Gibbs told 9News that he was very familiar with the terrain and found the boy after passing a little further past the search area inspected by rescue teams.
“He was about 15 feet from me. He was just standing,” Gibbs told the station. “He was really angelic. He just stood and watched.”
Gibbs said Will didn’t wear shoes, so he put on socks. He gave the boy some chocolate and talked to him about Thomas the tank engine.
Will rejoined his parents and took him to a tent where he was treated by paramedics. He was later transported to the hospital, where one official said he was behaving relatively well and could return home by Wednesday night.
Penny Callaghan thanked everyone for their help in finding their son. She told reporters that Will was “pretty calm” given the situation, but that he also communicated. “He’s confused and scared.”
“I can’t imagine what he’s going through,” she said. “I’m just grateful and I’m so relieved. He’s just a very special person.”
CNN’s Carly Walsh contributed to this report.
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