Man Trapped Between Rocks for 8 Days Rescued
Hiker Ramon Llamas and his German shepherd-chow-mix “Molé” were walking on Mount Rubidoux in Riverside, Calif., around 8:30 Monday morning. “Mole” spotted something in the rocks. What the one-year-old dog found was a man who was trapped.
“He likes to go look in the rocks, and he kind of pulled me over, pulling and crying, and I said, ‘What’s going on, boy?”‘ Llamas told ABC News Los Angeles station KABC-TV.
Llamas approached the area carefully fearing it could be a coyote or other animal. When he reached the area, he saw a man staring at him. Jane Lambert, Llamas’ hiking partner said, “His face was so….covered with dirt.”
When Llamas asked him if he needed help, he said, “I need water. Please don’t leave me”. “So I gave him water from my backpack and in a minute he said, ‘You got more?’ So I [gave] more water,” Llamas said.
The man identified himself as “Paul”. He is 44-years-old and believed to be from Massachusetts. “He said he’d been there between four and six days with no food,” Llamas said.
“He looked like he was going to cry. He shook my hand. (He said), ‘Thank you, God bless you.’ Things like that,” said Llamas.
They called rescuers who took him to Riverside Community Hospital. They said he could have been trapped for as long as eight days because part of the time he had passed out.
“In talking to him, we think he came up here at night time. So we think he was unawareof his footing, slipped in between some rocks and slid down to the location where he was at,” said Capt. Bruce Vanderhorst of the Riverside Fire Department.
He said he had no relatives in the area.
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