Man Survives 40 Hours Trapped in Joshua Tree With Broken Leg

July 23, 2020

A man from La Quinta, California survived a horrific 40 hours in the desert with a broken leg, after getting stranded in Joshua Tree National Park.

After two harrowing days, Robert Ringo was found by searchers. He'd fallen in rocky terrain, and his leg kept him from walking. 

An experienced hiker, who says he's ready to return to the trails when his leg heals, did tag his location for his son and brought two liters of water with him. He ate juniper berries to survive, according to CBS News. 

The search-and-rescue team airlifted him to a hospital.

"I'm just so grateful because, I mean, if I had never been found, it would be just devastating for my family. I have a very large family," Ringo said.

Joshua Tree National Park reopened to the public in May with restrictions and access since being shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Joshua Tree National Park website, Joshua Tree National Park modified operations to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We are working to increase access to the park in a phased approach."

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