A California man trapped on Mount Rubidoux in Riverside for four to six days was saved on Monday by another hiker’s rescue dog.
Ramon Llamas of Riverside was hiking with his dog Mole on Monday morning, when all of a sudden Mole started acting up. He got Llamas’ attention and guided him up into some rocks a little off of the main trail. When Llamas looked down into the gaps between the rocks, he said he thought there was an animal trapped in them, but soon figured out it was a man and immediately called 911.
"He likes to go look in the rocks and he kind of pulled me over, pulling and crying and I said, 'What's going on, boy?'" Llamas told KABC in Los Angeles.
The man, identified only as Paul, was very disoriented and dehydrated when Riverside Fire Department's Technical Rescue Team dislodged him from the rocks.
"He said he'd been there between four and six days with no food," Llamas said. He also did not have a cell phone on him and was unable to call for help once he got trapped.
"In talking to him, he came up here during the night time, so we think he was unaware of his footing, slipped in between some rocks and slid down to the location where he was at," Riverside Fire Capt. Bruce Vanderhorst told KABC.
According to authorities, the man may have died if he would have been stuck there for another day. But thanks to Mole, he is expected to make a full recovery.