A 30-year-old hiker who went missing for three days in Malibu Creek State Park is now safe.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says Marcelo Santos disappeared Sunday while hiking.
During his hike he tumbled down a steep rock..ripping open his knee. He was separated from his backpack, lights and cellphone.
He was reported missing Sunday.
Santos says he slept in the cold, didn’t eat for three days and had to drink water from a mountain stream.
At one point, Santos could hear search helicopters overhead, but he was hidden from view by a tree canopy. He finally limped to a Salvation Army Camp on the edge of the park, where searchers found him.
“I had no energy left, I was dehydrated. I had no nutrients left in my body and I was hurt and I knew that if I gave up, I would literally just be giving up my life because, no one was going to find me where I was I needed to keep moving, so just found the will to keep going,” said Santos.
He says what kept him going was faith.
“I was thinking of all the people that were out their searching for me, my mom, my grandma, my buddy that was out there. You know, it wasn’t about me at that point at all,” he emotionally stated.
Santos is now recovering at a hospital.
Despite it all, Santos says he plans to hike again once he recovers from his knee injury.