Couple rescue injured hiker who got lost in the forest and survived two weeks on half a jar of salsa

Mountain climbing is enjoyable and thrilling but when one goes to do it alone, a number of issues can go awry. That is what occurred to a person who bought misplaced within the wilderness of San Bernardino Nationwide Forest in Southern California.

His nightmare expertise within the forest lasted for 2 weeks till he lastly bought assist from a kind-hearted couple.

After Thanksgiving, Allison Scott and her boyfriend Freddie Valdivia went to San Bernardino Nationwide Forest to camp and spend a while collectively. Simply after they discovered a distant spot to camp, they heard one thing that caught their consideration.


“A airplane flew by fairly low and we heard any person yelling ‘assist,’ and so I referred to as out ‘howdy’ and he heard us and he stored yelling,” mentioned Scott.

They adopted the voice till they noticed a person from afar, wanting distressed. “My boyfriend is wanting over the ridge and calling out, ‘Hey, I see you.”

It took the couple half-hour to achieve the person’s location due to the rugged terrain. The person was not in a superb situation, with obvious accidents.

Couple rescue a stranded hiker in the forest

“He had a keep on with a water bottle on it attempting to sign. He couldn’t stroll. His toes have been swollen and contaminated simply from strolling a lot, and presumably the chilly the place he was,” Scott defined.

After they reached the person and bought to speak to him, he launched himself as Eric. He mentioned he was from Oceanside and he had been within the forest for 2 weeks after he bought misplaced. He additionally instructed them he survived for days with solely half a jar of salsa.

Rescuer helping stranded hiker

“He was fairly out of it. He was clearly ravenous; he wasn’t tremendous dehydrated as a result of he was ingesting creek water,” Scott mentioned.

“However he instructed us he had taken a cab up and was mountain climbing as much as Large Bear from Angelus Oaks and he had gotten misplaced and he had been looking for any person to assist him for days.

The couple instantly referred to as 9-1-1 however earlier than assist got here, they bought to speak about Eric’s unlucky experiences alone within the forest. He shared that he misplaced his lighter however miraculously survived the freezing temperatures.

Rescuer reaches the stranded hiker

“He confirmed me the world the place he was sleeping and the little house that he had constructed. He was fairly near a creek and proper underneath a flight path so he began tenting on the market hoping any person would discover him and he mentioned he had given up just a few days prior,” shared Scott.

Eric had a very powerful expertise however due to the couple, he bought out of the forest alive. For him, it was a “Thanksgiving miracle” and he was very grateful for the kindness that the couple confirmed him.

After their dialog, a helicopter from San Bernardino Sheriff’s Division lifted Eric, who suffered from minor accidents, and transported him to the ambulance.

Allison Scott talking about rescuing Eric

In keeping with Scott, Eric supplied them cash however they properly refused. It was sufficient for the couple they bought to assist somebody in want.

They may at all times bear in mind Eric’s superb survival expertise and shall be blissful to share this story with others for a very long time.

“I by no means thought that I might be that individual to discover a lacking individual so that is very unbelievable. I’m simply blissful he appeared OK,” Scott mentioned.

Allison and her boyfriend Freddie
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Although the authorities couldn’t verify how Eric is at the moment doing, the couple assured that Eric is recovering.

He truly instructed them within the forest that he would like to deal with them to dinner in the future to repay their kindness. Scott and Valdivia are wanting ahead to the day they’re going to meet Eric once more and get to know him extra.

Watch this video to know extra about Eric’s unbelievable survival expertise:

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