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‘Hun­dreds of mir­a­cles’ led to rescue, man says

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A Texas man who was found af­ter he went miss­ing for about a week while hiking alone in a re­mote area of Arkansas said his rescue was the re­sult of “hun­dreds of mir­a­cles.”

Joshua McClatchy told WFAATV in Dal­las on Satur­day that he wouldn’t be alive with­out the ef­forts of search and rescue teams that looked for him af­ter he was re­ported miss­ing June 1. He also thanked his faith.

“It’s not just one mir­a­cle, it’s hun­dreds of mir­a­cles,” McClatchy said of his rescue Fri­day.

McClatchy, of Fort Worth, said he’s not ready to talk about what he went through but de­scribed the first sips of wa­ter he took af­ter be­ing res­cued as “so re­fresh­ing.”

“Fi­nally, I want to thank any­one who has ush­ered kind thoughts, love and prayers from around the world. It is over­whelm­ing, and it means so much to me,” he said.

McClatchy, 38, got lost while hiking in the Caney Creek Wilder­ness near Mena, Ark.

McClatchy was taken to a hospi­tal for eval­u­a­tion. His con­di­tion Sun­day was not im­me­di­ately known.

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