Three-year-old boy missing near Mudgee found safe and well

This is the touching moment a three-year-old who was miraculously found alive after 18-hours lost in the bush, is reunited with his family.

Emergency services have been deployed to the area around Razorback, 69km south of Mudgee, after three-year-old James Skillen went missing from a campsite on a property on Old Ilford Road around 5pm yesterday.

New South Wales police said the boy would be assessed by ambulance paramedics after he was back with family.

“James is described as having a fair complexion, about 100cm tall, green eyes and sandy blonde hair in a buzz cut”, the NSW Police statement said.

He was found five kilometres from where he had last been seen.

Crews have spent the night looking for James in bushland and the search is continuing, a NSW Police spokeswoman woman told AAP on Sunday.

When James was last seen he was carrying a yellow backpack, which he was still clutching when he was carried from the chopper.

James Skillen, 3, was missing after wandering from an Australian campground.

“It’s an Easter miracle, it’s just unbelievable and we just can’t thank the emergency services so much for everything they’ve done”, Mr SKillen told ABC TV.

Earlier during the day, Inspector Dan Skelly from Dubbo said police, SES members and volunteers were involved in the search and authorities were “hoping he’s laying under a tree waiting for us to come and get him”.