SALT LAKE CITY — Waving a shirt at the helicopter above, sunburned and dehydrated, a 72-year-old Utah man was found alive after being lost for six days near Lake Powell.
Considering the circumstances, the man was in otherwise good health when he was discovered Sunday afternoon, the Kane County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Authorities did not release his name.
The man from Richfield, Utah, told rescuers he became disoriented after setting out on a hike on Aug. 29. He began hiking out of a canyon area and got lost.
He likely saved his life by telling his friend about his exact plans for when and where he was planning to hike, Kane County Sheriff chief deputy Alan Alldredge said.
That friend contacted police on Friday after the man never came home, giving officers enough information to head in the right direction for the search.
Investigators tracked his cellphone to the Glen Canyon Recreation Area in southern Utah. There, they found his car and an entry in the registry for the Willow Creek Trailhead.
A team of 14 searched on boat, plane and helicopter — eventually finding him about 2 miles southwest of the trailhead.
He needed medical attention to get rehydrated.