A 40-year-old Ohio man was found alive Wednesday after he was missing for six nights near Washington’s Mount St. Helens.
The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office announced that searchers found Matthew Matheny on the flanks of the mountain. He was taken by helicopter to a Vancouver hospital, where he was listed in in satisfactory condition.
“I don’t know that he’s able to walk but I know he’s talking, so that’s a huge piece for us that he’s able to talk and appears to be – other than being dehydrated and such from being out in the elements for as many days as he was – that he appears to be in remarkably good shape,” said Sheriff Mark Nelson.
Matheny’s parents said he had no water and ate bees and berries to survive. They also credited their son’s interest in nutrition and exercise with helping him stay alive.
“Matt’s a big boy…quite fit…is interested in nutrition and health. And we think that may have saved him,” his mother Linda Mathany said.
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