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#233010 - 09/30/11 03:34 PM Man in car survives a 200-ft fall into canyon
Susan Offline
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Man survives for a week in remote canyon

Alive with broken bones, drinking from a stream, eating bugs and leaves.

Kind of makes you want to go outside to the car and check your gear again, doesn't it?

Kudos to the daughter who did her own detective work and searching. They called for help after finding him. VERY nice job!

And if his daughter hadn't done that?

Sue

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#233012 - 09/30/11 04:31 PM Re: Man in car survives a 200-ft fall into canyon [Re: Susan]
Dagny Offline
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Registered: 11/25/08
Posts: 1917
Loc: Washington, DC

I have a mini-REI in my SUV -- including food, water, Micropur tabs and purifier -- so if I survived the crash in reasonable shape, I'd have a fighting chance.

What really does jump out of that article is the daughter's own sleuthing and persistence that saved her father's life.

Thanks for posting the link. It is sobering to consider that we're all just a missed turn away from a very dire situation.

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#233014 - 09/30/11 04:34 PM Re: Man in car survives a 200-ft fall into canyon [Re: Susan]
Tyber Offline
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Registered: 04/27/09
Posts: 299
Loc: ST. Paul MN
that is impresive story of survival.

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#233021 - 09/30/11 05:44 PM Re: Man in car survives a 200-ft fall into canyon [Re: Susan]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3436
Loc: USA
I'd hope that my family would have the presence of mind to look for me in a similar situation.

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#233031 - 09/30/11 08:07 PM Re: Man in car survives a 200-ft fall into canyon [Re: chaosmagnet]
Hikin_Jim Offline
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Registered: 10/12/07
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Kind of interesting that the family had to do the leg work. Where were the authorities during all this?

HJ
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#233032 - 09/30/11 08:35 PM Re: Man in car survives a 200-ft fall into canyon [Re: Susan]
Phaedrus Online   content
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Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 2785
Loc: Big Sky Country
Wow, the guy was really lucky to survive.
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#233034 - 09/30/11 09:20 PM Re: Man in car survives a 200-ft fall into canyon [Re: Hikin_Jim]
LED Offline
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Registered: 09/01/05
Posts: 1474
Quote:

Family members apparently did not immediately realize their father was missing, and then contacted a missing persons detective in Los Angeles who helped them figure out that he had been gone for some time.

The detective narrowed the search area using cell phone towers, text messages and debit card purchases, Chardonnay Lavau told NBC and other organizations.

Lisa Lavau told KCAL-TV her family had not heard from her father for several days.

After narrowing the search area, "We stopped at every ravine, and looked over every hill and then my brother got out of the car and we kept screaming and the next thing we heard Dad saying 'help, help,' and there he was," Lisa Lavau said.



http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/44727021/n...-plunges-cliff/

Determined, smart family.


So, what would YOU have done in this man's situation?

Create a smoke fire during the day? Use a mirror? A whistle or even an air horn probably wouldn't be heard by the passing cars. Hmmm, better recheck my car kit.

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#233045 - 09/30/11 11:57 PM Re: Man in car survives a 200-ft fall into canyon [Re: Susan]
NuggetHoarder Offline
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Registered: 07/01/11
Posts: 145
Loc: Appalachians
The most intriguing aspect to me was the second car. They don't mention much about it in the article - but in the video the firemen on the scene called for a helicopter evac for the old guy, but not for the second dead driver because he "had obviously been dead more than six days". That implies that these are two different accidents in the same location. That is pretty amazing.

So far, no details on the other driver, but it sounds like that's going to be a whole other chapter to this story.

One other tidbit that came out in the British press was that the old guy took the eyeglasses off the dead body so he could see. Nice improvisation there smile



Edited by NuggetHoarder (09/30/11 11:58 PM)

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#233046 - 10/01/11 12:21 AM Re: Man in car survives a 200-ft fall into canyon [Re: Susan]
Hikin_Jim Offline
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Registered: 10/12/07
Posts: 1804
Loc: Southern California
Nice one on the glasses.

HJ
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#233048 - 10/01/11 12:38 AM Re: Man in car survives a 200-ft fall into canyon [Re: Hikin_Jim]
hikermor Offline
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Registered: 08/26/06
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Loc: southern Cal
These accidents happen from time to time. I can recall two such on the Mt. Lemmon Highway near Tucson some years ago. A car and a motorcycle (separate incidents) left the roadway where there was no guard rail, hence no visible trace of an accident. We removed the cyclist's remains six weeks after the accident. The victims in the car were found over a month after the accident.

In cases like this, where do you begin your search? and on what basis? Cell phone records can help pinpoint areas today, but what if the phone has not been active?


Edited by hikermor (10/01/11 12:40 AM)
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