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The lost hiker survived ten days in the mountains on water

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is found! Lucas McLeish (34 years old) was found after ten days without food in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California. Photo: Boulder Creek Fire Department

A hiker who was reported missing in the mountains of California survived by drinking four liters of water a day.

Lucas McLeish, 34, was just out on a three-hour hike in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California on June 11.

Ten days later, he was found after being lost. CNN writes.

His family reported him missing when he did not show up for a Father's Day dinner on June 16, sparking a massive search, reports said. And cry.

The only thing McLeish drank during those days was water. He estimates himself to be about a gallon a day, which equates to just under four litres.

The hiker then explained that he had lost his way in the mountains, partly because well-known local landmarks had been destroyed after the avalanche. Recent forest fires.

The 34-year-old was found Thursday with the help of a drone dispatched by sheriff's crews in Santa Cruz.

The area where MacLeish was found is named Big Basin Redwoods State ParkIt is the oldest state park in California. There are many huge old redwood trees here.

I lost my voice

There were several reports of witnesses hearing someone screaming for help, but it was difficult for them to pinpoint the source of the screaming.

MacLeish found himself in an unreachable place.

-There are no paths, no roads and it is several miles from the nearest road. “We had to use an ATV for a quarter-mile,” Boulder Creek Fire Chief Mark Bingham told the local news agency. Santa Cruz Sentinel.

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According to Bingham, McLeish needed help getting out of the woods, but was not seriously injured.

Speaking to television station WABC, McLeish said he was “tired and a little sore” after the ordeal. “I lost my voice,” he added.

According to him, he himself said that he lost 14-15 kilograms in 10 days The New York Times.

He had no food

There wasn't much he had to wear to survive in the Forest Mountain Region when he set out on the journey.

“I was wearing pants, hiking boots and a hat,” he told WABC.

In addition, he had a flashlight and a foldable pocket tool.

He believed that drinking water saved his life.

– I made sure to drink a gallon (3.8 litres, editor's note) of water every day. But as I got closer to the end, I realized my body needed food and nutrition, McLeish said.

He says he was very moved when he saw the number of search and rescue workers lining up to find him.

– It was a great experience, he told WABC.

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