Hiker records call for help after serious fall

Robert Ringo, 67, said sharing his location on his cellphone with his son saved his life after he fell in Joshua Tree National Park.
1:56 | 07/23/20

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All right, we are back now with that hiker who was stranded for 40 hours after breaking his leg in Joshua national park. Janai Norman has more on the rescue. Help! Help! Reporter: That desperate cry for help coming from the 67-year-old man stranded at Joshua tree national park unable to move after a serious fall. I landed right on my left I can't move it for the pain. I can't move myself. Reporter: Robert Ringo, an avid hunter and hiker was just planning on a short walk. He just two liters of water and his cell phone but no cell service. Now stuck, high and dry in the dangerous summer heat, not knowing if he would make it so he began to record himself. I don't know if I'm going to be able to get up. But I'm sure they'll be out looking for me tonight. This might be the last episode. Between the dehydration and the heatstroke, the heat exhaustion I had no idea that I was going to spend 40 hours in the desert on my back. Reporter: He did something likely that saved his life. Just before I got out of the car, I always do this. I share my location with Ryan and Ness. Reporter: His son Ryan sounding the alarm and contacting officials. I got his other phone. I looked and it showed his last location was in Joshua tree. When I saw it I recognized where it was. Reporter: The family says more than 30 rescuers were out looking for him. The excruciating and painful journey coming to an end nearly two days after it began. Robert says he never gave up hope and now he has a new hero. I don't know, you know, how many men could say that their hero is their son. Reporter: This wasn't his first near-death experience. He's been electrocuted and attacked by a shark before. What an amazing story, thank you so much.

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