For three weeks, an autistic 28-year-old named William Martin LaFever was lost in the desert in southern Utah. Searchers had given up finding him alive, due to the incredible heat and dryness in the nation, let alone the fearsome Escalante Desert. However, William LaFever somehow survived three weeks in the desert eating roots and frogs while drinking river water.
“It is some of the most rugged, unforgiving terrain you will find anywhere on Earth, jagged cliffs, stone ledges, sandstone, sagebrush, juniper,” said Garfield County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Becki Bronson. ”Where William was hiking, there just isn’t anyone out there. There are no people. There are no towns.”
LaFever was hiking the 90-mile trek between his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Page, Utah, with his dog when he ran out of money and someone had stolen some of his hiking gear. Rather than take his father’s advice and hitch a ride to Page, he decided to hike down the Escalante River to find a boat and get a ride that way. That’s when he got lost in the desert (and the dog ran off, to boot). That was June 8. Somehow, the very emaciated man survived.
Shame there wasn’t a fish rain to help him out.
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