A camper lost in the Daniel Boone National Forest for four days was found alive Wednesday.
Ryan Larke, 25, was airlifted to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital for treatment of hypothermia and possibly a leg injury, Laurel County Sheriff's Deputy Gilbert Acciardo Jr. said.
Larke was camping with four others in an area about 10 miles west of London. He left the campsite alone and was last seen about 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
He was found at the bottom of a ravine at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday with the help of search dogs on loan from Bluegrass Search and Rescue, Acciardo said.
London-Laurel County Rescue Squad member Tony Brown heard somebody moaning as the dogs closed in. He found Larke wearing the white T-shirt and jeans he had on when he went missing.
"He had been wandering around trying to find his way out for the past several days," Acciardo said.
Larke drank water from a creek and slurped the moisture off of rocks. He found shelter under an outcropping of rocks to protect himself from storms.
Despite being weak and injured, Larke was in good spirits when rescue teams found him, Acciardo said.
Several months ago, Larke moved from Wisconsin to London, where he has relatives, to look for a job.
Hikers and campers who get lost in heavily wooded areas with cliffs are rarely found alive, Acciardo said.
"It's nothing short of a miracle," he said.