A former U.S. Navy SEAL medic crashed his motorbike in Oregon and survived 24 hours in a ravine by making a tourniquet with his iPhone charger cord.
Matt L’Hommedieu crashed his dirt bike into a ravine last week, breaking his leg in multiple spots and four ribs. He also suffered from a collapsed lung. After crashing his bike, he tumbled down to the bottom of the ravine.
“What was going through my head was, ‘How do I get out of this predicament?’ ” L’Hommedieu said from his bed at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.
Using his Navy SEAL and fireman training, he fashioned a tourniquet out of a branch, his shoelaces, and his iPhone charging cord. He knew he had to stop the swelling in his broken leg. Immobilized, he spent a cold, painful night at the bottom of the ravine.
The next morning, a few hikers saw his bike on the side of the road and decided to investigate.
Luckily, the couple found L’Hommedieu and called an ambulance.
See his heart-wrenching reaction to finally being rescued. He is expected to make a full recovery in the hospital.
L’Hommedieu had been searching the Oregon wilderness for a downed parachute from a 1971 airline hijacker who apparently escaped with $200,000.
L’Hommedieu is an adventurous guy but tells reporters he’ll be more careful on his bike next time.