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A man missing in the wild for two weeks was rescued by a couple who heard him screaming for help.
Allison Scott and her boyfriend camped between Big Bear Lake and Angelus Oaks on Black Friday.
However, their vacation trip took a detour, Scott told ABC 7 in Los Angeles.
“We were under a flight path and a plane went by pretty low and we heard someone yelling for help,” she told the outlet.
Scott and her friend jumped into action and spotted a man.
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“We end up finding him, and my friend looks over the ridge and yells, ‘Hey, I see you,'” Scott explained to ABC 7. “He had a stick with a water bottle on it trying to give a signal. He could I couldn’t walk. His feet were extremely swollen and sore just from walking so much and possibly from the cold of where he was.”
Scott added that Eric told the couple he got lost two weeks ago after leaving his hometown of Oceanside, California, which is more than 30 hours’ walk from where he was found. He lived on a half-empty salsa glass to stay alive.
“When we found him he said, ‘It’s a Thanksgiving miracle,'” Scott told the news network.
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She called the authorities and a rescue helicopter was able to recover Eric within 15 minutes. However, Scott said she’s not ready to split just yet and confirmed he’s fine. She and her boyfriend want to keep in touch with him.
“He said he didn’t have a cell phone. We have his landline phone and he said, ‘Anytime you’re in Oceanside, I’ll take you out to dinner. Just give me a call,'” Scott told ABC 7.
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“He also said, ‘I’m so sorry I dampened your camping trip,’ and I said, ‘I’m just glad you’re okay,'” Scott continued, adding that she told Eric: “I’m glad we found you.”
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Mike McClintock, battalion commander and spokesman for the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District, said in an email statement per Outside Online that rescue teams were dispatched to Eric’s location before authorities asked for a helicopter.
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He was then taken to an ambulance. Eric suffered “minor injuries”.
The San Bernardino County Fire Protection District could not immediately comment when contacted by PEOPLE.