Teen Saves Dad's Life

Charlie Finlayson braved the "River of No Return Wilderness" to get help for his injured father.
1:31 | 08/28/15

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Finally tonight, the father and son camping trip that turned into a life-saving adventure, dad badly hurt, his 13-year-old boy displayed some impressive survival skills. Here's ABC's Neal Karlinsky. Reporter: Thirteen year old Charlie Finlayson was camping and climbing with his dad, in a part of Idaho with the ominous name "River of no return wilderness" when it happened. A Boulder the size of a refrigerator broke loose hitting 52-year-old David Finlayson and sending him careening 30 feet down the mountain, knocking him unconscious, breaking his back, left arm and heel, with the nearest ranger 13 miles away and no one around to help, it was all up to 13 year old Charlie to save his dad. Charlie was on top of things and got the first aid lowered to me. Reporter: For two and a half days the boy scout kept his dad calm and hydrated and caring for him. His dad finally sent him for help with this note explaining what happened and how to find him. Mostly I was scared I wasn't going to find anybody. Reporter: Charlie found help miles away, and tonight while his father is home recovering, he is perfecting yet another skill that seems to come easy to him, modesty. You just got to make sure that you're staying calm. Reporter: Neal Karlinsky, ABC news, Seattle. We thank Neal for that story, we thank you for watching.

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