LIFE

61-Year-Old Hunter Goes Missing In Woods But Is Discovered By Helicopter 4 Days Later

by Kristin Avery
Kristin shares a Chicago home with a dog, a rabbit, two cats, a husband, and an 11-year-old daughter.

Would you know how to survive if you were lost in the woods? If you are like me, you probably hope you never have to find out!

Robert Kniefel is back home after spending nearly four days lost in the dense Nemadji State Forest in Pine County, Minnesota.

The 61-year-old was hunting when he lost his trail. He used the last of his cell signal to call and text his wife, letting her know where he was and what had happened. His wife then notified the police and the search was on.

Kniefel had no food and only bog water to drink. Fortunately he had a lighter with him to start a fire and dry his clothes after two nights of rain.

Police used an airplane equipped with a thermal camera to locate him. On night three, they finally spotted his fire. They circled above him to pinpoint his location, but the terrain was too soggy for a ground rescue.

Kniefel says his lowest point was hearing the plane fly away. It took everything he had not to give up.

The next morning the police returned with a helicopter and plucked him out of the forest to safety. Once rescued, Kniefel’s first concern was getting word to his wife that he was OK.

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