Deer hunter Gene Penaflor, 72, of San Francisco survived for 19 days after getting lost in northern California's Mendocino National Forest. As reported by the L.A. Times, Penaflor and his partner had split up to hunt different areas when the retiree fell in a crevice and knocked himself out.
Argentina authorities rescued a lost Uruguay man yesterday after he spent four months wandering the Andes, living off sugar, raisins, food from a cache in a mountain shelter, and trapped rats.
According to the New York Daily News, 58-year old Raul Fernando Gomez Circunegui was riding a motorcycle across the Andes between Chile and Argentina when he went missing last May. Gomez says his bike broke and he tried to finish the trek on foot, but became disorientated by heavy snowfall.
Yesterday, the U.S. Forest Service announced they’re searching for a bowhunter responsible for starting an illegal campfire that eventually engulfed 371 square miles of forest in and around Yosemite National Park in one of California’s largest wildfires ever, the Rim Fire.
After storm swamped a fishing boat carrying his family, John Riggs left the capsized craft and swam for five hours in the dark through schools of jellyfish to reach help.
According to an article in USA Today, Riggs, his 70-year old father, his daughter and her 3 year-old son, and his visiting 9-year old granddaughter were fishing off the coast of Maryland. The sea flipped the boat approximately two miles from shore, but changing tides carried it another five miles in another direction.
For several years, outdoor survival expert Les Stroud has been a one-man camera crew who filmed his multi-day jaunts into remote areas of the world. I’ve tuned in from time to time. The episodes are occasionally entertaining, and I often learn a thing or two.
But would I go so far as to say Stroud’s skills make him a real-life superhero? Certainly not. However, the folks at Bluewater Productions disagree. So much so they’re willing to pit Stroud’s MacGyver-esque skills against wrongdoers in a new comic book series.
In a press release, Bluewater said the first edition will follow Stroud in pursuit of an artifact and in the chase, he gets lost at sea, roughs it through the English countryside, and "shows an endless supply of rugged determination in his quest."
Despite controversy surrounding the use of drones over U.S. territory, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency has increasingly loaned drones over the last three years for tasks like spotting fishing violations, missing person searches, and inspecting levees on the Mississippi River, according to The New York Times.
Proponents of drones say the units are a valuable resource that provides an unmatched level of surveillance. But critics point out that monitoring individuals without probable cause or a warrant amounts to an invasion of privacy.
A Wisconsin man, realizing a 200-pound bear was about to attack his dog, ran outside and tried to scare the bear off, but the bear tackled him and sunk its teeth into his neck. When the man’s wife realized what was happening outside, she grabbed a shotgun, but didn’t know how to load it, so she ran outside and clubbed the bear over the head. Stunned, the bear fell away from the man long enough for the couple to run inside the cabin. Officials arrived shortly after and shot the bear.
An Oklahoma teen who trekked into the Oregon wilderness after being inspired by the film "Into The Wild" is now missing.
From this story on abcnews.com: The vehicle belonging to an Oklahoma teenager who disappeared last month in a remote region of southeastern Oregon after viewing the movie "Into the Wild" was found this week. Search crews are waiting out the harsh weather to continue the search for the young man. Dustin Self, 19, left his hometown of Piedmont, Okla., in mid-March for the Klamath Falls-Ashland area of Oregon, where he planned "to see if he could live in the wild," The Associated Press reported. According to the Harney County Sheriff's Office in Oregon, Self also planned to join the Church of the Holy Light of the Queen, a South American religion that uses hallucinogenic tea as a sacrament.