A 73-year-old hiker who survived a week alone in the mountains near La Canada Flintridge with no food was discharged from a Pasadena hospital, almost one day after being rescued.
Eugene Jo was released late Saturday from Huntington Hospital after a brief stay and a checkup, CBS2 reported.
Jo got separated from his group in the Mount Waterman area at about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The following Tuesday, teams searched approximately 1,200 acres at an elevation of 3,200 feet in the area between Three Points and Mount Waterman.
A team of 53 search and rescue personnel from the department was assisted by teams from the Orange and San Diego sheriff’s departments in an unsuccessful attempt to locate him.
On Saturday, one week after he became lost, Jo was located at about 11 a.m. by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Altadena Search and Rescue Team, several miles from his original trail.
He was hoisted in a helicopter by medics to Huntington Memorial Hospital, where he had no traumatic injuries, authorities said.
Jo survived by finding a fresh water source in a creek, and wrapping himself up with his one blanket.
“He had no food,” Janet Henderson of the LASD’s Search and Rescue team told reporters Saturday. “He obviously knows about some type of survival — he was looking for mountain strawberries, he was trying to catch frogs to eat, but he has not had anything to eat in a week.”
“There was lots of tears, lots of joy,” she said. “He’s just so happy and thankful to be back, but he said no more hiking.”