A Michigan hunter detailed his Alaska survival story. Adrian Knopps, 51, was stranded for almost a week back in the fall after his hunting partner drowned. Here are a few details, courtesy of an Associated Press report out of Detroit:
Resigned that he would die, the 51-year-old electrician from Grand Ledge carved a farewell message on his rifle and collapsed.
That’s when a Coast Guard helicopter came to his rescue.
“It probably was the most wonderful sound I ever heard,” he told The Detroit News.
Knopps was stranded for seven days in September after his hunting partner, Garrett Hagen, drowned while boarding their boat.
Knopps, who shared a river delta with bears and wolves, was pelted by rain the entire time, including a storm that packed 70-mph winds. Because of the wet conditions, he rarely sat or lay down, sleeping three hours all week. During high tide, Knopps clutched the upright roots of an overturned tree while surrounded by a mile of water in all directions.
How he survived is a minor miracle.