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Old 02-16-2011, 06:51 PM
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Man, 84, found alive in Ariz. desert after 5 days

Amazing story...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110216/...days_in_desert
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Old 02-16-2011, 07:19 PM
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Re: Man, 84, found alive in Ariz. desert after 5 days

Good for him.
It got down in the 30's at night and he used car mats to keep warm. Good thinking. I never knew it got THAT cold in the desert at night.
from the link in the first post:

But Morello lived to tell his tale Tuesday at a Phoenix hospital, where the diabetic man was admitted in good condition despite drinking windshield wiper fluid to stay hydrated.

He didn't have water, Morello said, so he broke open the wiper fluid container with a rock and filtered it with napkin to try to make it safe.

Morello said he made a wrong turn while driving home Feb. 7 from the Phoenix suburb of Cave Creek and ended up stuck in the desert north of the city, near the state's major north-south road for Grand Canyon-bound travelers.

Morello said he became stranded when — realizing he took a wrong turn — he made a U-turn and wound up in a ditch. He tried to crawl out of the car, but did not get far and returned.

He ripped a chrome piece from his car and put it on the roof, hoping someone would see the reflection.
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Re: Man, 84, found alive in Ariz. desert after 5 days

Lucky man for sure.....think I heard something on the news that some hikers found him.......probably best he didnt have anything to eat...as that kept his sugar from rising to much......
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Re: Man, 84, found alive in Ariz. desert after 5 days

I’m so glad he was found safe and well. What a relief to his family, it must be now that he is home.

A cousin of mine went missing a few years ago, and I can’t tell you how frighteningly worried we all were. He was touring Thailand, and had had all of his identification papers stolen, wallet, credit cards, passport, etc. Knocked unconscious, he was picked up by the Thai Police as a vagrant. And for a few days couldn’t convince them of his benevolence and innocent presence as a genuine tourist; either that, or they just didn’t want to listen to his protestations of being a victim. Fortunately his authenticity was eventually recognized, but not before we had all begun to think of all of the worst possible scenarios imaginable…

The thing is, the agonizing wait for us all, his family, imagining all sorts of fearful conclusions to his absence was awful. I can’t begin to tell anyone about how incredibly long the waiting for information seemed, nor of how long and slow the hours and days became, and he wasn’t missing for as long as the gentleman in the article. So, I can imagine how terrible it must have been for this gentleman’s family, and how his disappearance, for so long must have made them feel so helpless.
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