Authorities rescued a 50 year old hiker from a remote beach in Northern
California where he had been stranded for five and a half days.
Phoenix Brooks was clearly disoriented and confused when Coast Guard rescuers
plucked him from the beach via helicopter after he had finally been
spotted by the crew of a crab boat working nearby.
Mr. Brooks reportedly told investigators that he had fallen from a
cliff, hurt his legs and ended up stranded on the beach without food,
clean water, warm clothes, or shelter. He also said he had drank from
a small creek that ran near his location, but that the water made him
sick. He was unable, however, to tell authorities how he managed to
get to the cliff he fell off of.
However it happened, it must have been a hell of an ordeal.
Apparently a sheriff's deputy, a reporter, and a photographer were
unable to reach Brooks' location by foot. Yet another example of why
bringing some food, a raincoat, and extra water is always a good idea.