CA man survived on snakes, algae, during 19-day wilderness ordeal

CA man survived on snakes, algae, during 19-day wilderness ordeal

[Ed. note: He could have his own TV series. They could cal it — let’s see — ‘Survivorman.’]

A 72-year-old California man is recovering after he was found alive Saturday after spending nearly three weeks lost alone in the woods. Gene Penaflor was finally reunited with his family Saturday, hours after he was spotted in the wilderness of northern California.

Sharon Bura, Penaflor’s niece, said, “My husband came into the room and they were like, ‘They found Uncle Gene alive!’ And I was like, ‘What! What!’ And as soon as I heard that I started crying because I was just so happy that he was safe.”

The ordeal began last month deep in the Mendocino National Forest. Penaflor split up from his hunting partner and later fell and blacked out. Jeremy Penaflor, his son, said, “When we heard the news it was devastating. It was as if somebody took our hearts and stepped on it so we felt helpless.”

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