Missing Fisherman Found Alive After 17 Days In Oregon Forest

A missing fisherman was found alive after surviving 17 nights in the Oregon wilderness alone. Harry Burleigh was reported missing by his wife, Stacy, when he didn’t return from a fishing trip on May 7th. Crews began looking for the 69-year-old and Douglas County Search and Rescue found his vehicle near a trail in the Umpqua National Forest, which is on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains, according to the National Park Service.

Search teams continued looking for Harry or any signs of him, leaving packages of food on trails for him. They got a break when a tackle box and makeshift shelter was found, but they didn’t find him. A week later, rescuers came across a second makeshift shelter and that time when they called for Harry, they heard him answer, according to authorities.

“He was found to be walking and complaining of minor pain, but was in stable condition,” Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reports. Harry was evaluated at the hospital and reunited with his family Sunday evening. Sergeant Brad O’Dell says, “This was the outcome we have all been looking for in this case.”

Source: CNN