Stranded Driver Ate Leaves to Live

Car fell 200 feet off Southern Caifornia ravine
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 30, 2011 6:52 AM CDT

(Newser) – A California man lived for days by eating leaves and drinking creek water after his car plummeted 200 feet off a ravine. After David Lavau’s family reported him missing, they set off to search for the 67-year-old by themselves in the Angeles National Forest, using his last debit card purchase as a clue, reports AP. “We stopped at every ravine, and looked over every hill,” his daughter says. “We kept screaming and the next thing we heard Dad saying, `Help, help,' and there he was.”

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Lavau had set up a camp for himself. His first request, after surviving some six days: "Can I have some chocolate milk?" Helicopters brought paramedics to the scene and Lavau was hospitalized with numerous fractured bones and a dislocated shoulder—but nothing life-threatening. A collision with another car apparently led to his plunge: A second vehicle was found at the bottom of the ravine, but its driver did not survive. Officials are investigating. (Read more stranded stories.)

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