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Mick Ohman is lucky to be alive after spending 48 hours lost in the Arizona desert, and beer and crackers might have helped save his life.

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Ohman’s Honda CRV broke down on the side of the road seven miles away from his destination, King Crown, reports ABC15 Arizona. He was taking a back road under the direction of Google Maps. He hadn’t told anyone where he was going, and no one knew he was lost. He couldn’t get a signal even after searching for hours. He picked up a phone and began to record.


“If you find this phone and I didn’t do so well, please tell my sisters how much I love them,” Ohman said in what he believed could be his final message.

Walking back to his SUV, Ohman found a half-full bottle of water, a few beers, a sandwich that was spoiled, and crackers. He relied on them for survival, along with other methods he probably hadn’t considered before his car broke down.

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“I’ve really never felt that thirsty before. When I tried to swallow I couldn’t. My throat stuck together. I had to urinate and I did […] and I was surprised it wasn’t as obnoxious as I thought it would be. The temperature was what got me, as warm as it was,” he recalled.

Ohman also said that he found and drank from a small stream — “It couldn’t have been more than four inches.”

His initial attempts to find rescue failed. He tried shooting in Morse code, building an “H” out of small boulders and lighting a fire — though the fire would not light.

Ohman finally found hope when a dirt biker named Troy appeared “up over the horizon.”

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Troy drove Ohman on an hour-ride back to Lake Pleasant, saving his life.

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“I’m screaming in his ear the whole way, ‘You know, today you can say you saved a life.'”

Zuri Davis About the author:
Zuri Davis is a media writer for Rare. Follow her on Twitter @RiEleDavis.
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