California Father Survives 5 Days in Wilderness

Man saved after he spells out "help" with pine needles.
1:55 | 08/18/14

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An incredible story of survival. A California men went on a fishing trip and got lost without food or water for five days. He even wrote the final words to his family just in case. But he managed to hang on until help arrived. For Mike vilaur, a one-day fishing trip soon turned into a five-day struggle for survival. Res any sent of castaway. This is going to be it. Reporter: Instead of catching his dinner, he reeled in trouble, somehow getting lost away from his camp site. Zigzagging up and down, looking down, instead of taking note of my surroundings. Reporter: Without food or water, he spent the next four days wandering through the mountains, searching far way out. I had to do my own version of the survivor man, the idiot's version, drinking out of puddles. Reporter: Using pine needles to make an eight foot help sign like in the movie. I heard the rescuers on more than a few occasions. You get emotional, they're going to see me. Nothing. Reporter: Fearing they wouldn't find him, he carved more messages in wood. Final notes to his family. They kept on missing me. Reporter: Finally on the fifth day, rescuers arrived. That was quite a sight. All in Orange. It was Christmas. Reporter: This morning, despite his ordeal, he says he's ready to plan another fishing trip, and he wants to thank his rescuers. I'm going to go up there and buy a whole lot of rounds of beer at some point. He said that, everyone says that. Go right back up and try it again. He really did think this was it. And wrote those notes and thank goodness, he is doing just fine. There are Lakes in much more populated areas. Exactly. And new Lakes in Arkansas. A lot of flooding and heavy

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