A Rocklin, California, hiker was found alive after missing for three days, thanks to a distress signal that spelled the word “help” in duct tape.
Cody Michael reportedly took his German Shepard Bauer to the Sierra Nevada mountains to hike, but got lost along the way on a snow-covered trail. He didn’t come home later that day, prompting his parents to report him missing.
A team of 60 people searched by land and air for several days to bring 23-year-old Michael home. It was three days later that a helicopter noticed his distress signal and was able to spot him and his dog, the Daily Mail reported.
“Every morning I got up and just thought I would figure a way and I didn't," Michael Told KTXL. "And [Bauer] couldn't really go anymore. That's when I just set up camp and figured they're going to come get me or I'm not going to make it."
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office posted a photo of the distress signal on a rock a mile north of where the American River connects with Big Granite Creek.
“Five hours or so ago, I didn't think I was going to make it, he said just hours after Michael was released from the hospital. "I really didn't. This is all I wanted, was to see my family again."
His family had a welcome home party after he was released.
“It was unbelievable to cast eyes on him," his father, Howard, said. "And to have that unbelievable father and son moment."
Bauer was ultimately taken to the vet and examined, where it was determined that he was healthy and could go home as well.
Michael said he was thankful for the search party that looked for him and ultimately brought him home.
“All those units that were out there -- the countless hours, he said. "You saved my life. I truly can't say thank you enough."