A missing fisherman was found and rescued after spending 17 days in the Oregon wilderness.
According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, 69 year-old Harry Burleigh was reported missing at 10:15 p.m. on May 7 after he did not return from a camping trip.
Search and rescue was able to find Burleigh’s vehicle near a trail in the Umpqua National Forest in the western Cascade Mountains. Authorities believed Burleigh may have walked the trail to go fishing at Twin Lakes.
At certain times during the search, food and water was left on the trails in case Burleigh happened by.
On May 16, authorities found a makeshift shelter and a tackle box belonging to Burleigh but were unable to find him. On May 23, around 3 p.m., searchers found a second shelter and began calling out for Burleigh until he responded.
The man was complained of “minor pain, but was in stable condition,” police said.
He was hoisted out of the area in a small helicopter before he was transferred to a medevac helicopter. He was checked and released from the hospital to reunite with his family within a matter of hours. No other information regarding the circumstances that led to Burleigh going missing were released.
“This was the outcome we all have been looking for in this case,” Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brad O’Dell said.