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Hiker stranded 4 days in Malibu park recounts drama

April 7, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A hiker says he’s grateful to be alive after hurting his leg and getting stranded for four days in Malibu Creek State Park.

Thirty-year-old Marcelo Santos spoke to reporters Friday from a Los Angeles hospital bed.

Santos went missing Sunday after he slid down a rock face in the wilderness park and cut open his knee.

He left behind his backpack with his cellphone, clothing, flashlight, food and water.

Santos says he trekked down the mountain, drank from streams and slept in caves. At times he heard a rescue helicopter but brush and trees hid him from sight.

Santos followed traffic sounds and finally reached civilization — a Salvation Army camp, where he guzzled water from a restroom faucet.

He’s expected to recover and says he will go hiking again.

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