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Injured Ore. Hiker Survived 5 Days on Centipedes

Finally rescued after 5 cold days
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2008 3:02 PM CDT
Injured Ore. Hiker Survived 5 Days on Centipedes
A hiker has been rescued after five days on Mount Adams, left, (Mount St. Helens see at right).   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – An injured Oregon hiker was finally found after five days surviving in the woods by drinking from mountain creeks and eating centipedes. "He's a tough bugger," said his relieved mom yesterday. Derek Mamoyac, 27, scooted part of the way down Washington's second-highest mountain last week in a bid to get back to civilization after he hurt his ankle during what was supposed to be a one-day hike on Mount Adams.

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Rescuers were losing hope in the 20-degree cold when a search dog finally found him. Mamoyac is recovering in a local hospital, suffering from dehydration, frostbite on both feet and his buttocks, a broken right ankle, and swollen leg. (Read more Oregon stories.)

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