An Idaho man was found alive after six days, living off of creek water.
Joe Salas went missing after accidentally getting separated while hunting with a group. Footprints and other evidence gave search parties hope that he was still alive.
After six days of searching, the 53-year-old Boise resident was found alive surviving off of creek water in a remote, abandoned cabin near Klip Creek, which flows into the Salmon River in the Payette National Forest.
Salas was unconscious and in need of medical attention. He was airlifted out of the area and transported to a medical facility in McCall, where he remains in stable condition.
His family said they were preparing for the worst, but had continued praying without losing hope that they’d find him.
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The story reiterates the importance of safety and preparedness during any hunting trip. The Idaho wilderness is an unforgiving place, as are many popular hunting locations across the country.
Let this be a reminder that sticking together in groups is vital when hunting in desolate areas, carrying more water and food than you think you’ll need is a great idea, and brushing up on survival techniques will never hurt.