Hiker who was lost for five days survived off berries and bugs

Five days after Kaden Laga, 25 went missing during a horseback-riding trip was found alive.

The incident occurred in Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness – a mountainous region in the states of Idaho and Montana. Laga’s brother’s horse went lame therefore Laga, the strongest hiker of the group, offered to switch with his brother and walk.

He volunteered to walk ahead of the group toward the trailhead but made a wrong turn and got lost.

Before he left on the trip, Laga’s pregnant wife, Arden, “looked at me and said, ‘you better promise me that you come home safe.’

Determined to get back to his family, he drank water from streams and ate berries and crickets.

One night, it was so cold he thought he would not live to see another sunrise so he wrote a note on his phone. “In case I don’t make it out of here, I love you. I’ve loved my life with you, and I’m so sorry I left you to be a single mom.”

Arden and the Laga family set up a command center at his parents’ home in Florence, Montana. Searchers used hounds, thermal imaging and helicopters. One day, Laga saw search the helicopters flying overhead.

“I’m like, ‘this is it. They’re going to get me,’ and they just take off in the other direction,” he said.

After realizing that the searchers had not seen him, he knew that it was up to him to find his way out. Luckily for him, a rescuer had left a headlamp on while they slept one night, and Laga used it to find one of the campsites about 1 a.m. Friday.

Source : Various