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Teen survived – lost in mountains for 11 days

Teen survived – lost in mountains for 11 days
August 25
14:58 2017

When Jimmy Mckee heard that 18-year-old Austin Bohanan went missing near his home in Blount County, he came to help.

“I got out and I told them, ‘I hate that he’s lost, but I know that area in there and I can tell you exactly where he’s at. He’s in Panther Creek,’ and that’s where he was at,” said Mckee.

Mckee said his years of hunting helped him learned the woods, and he’s spent several nights in the same woods Bohanan got lost in.

“You got bears and hogs and rattle snakes, yellow jackets, there’s more to it than just taking a walk. You got to be prepared,” said Mckee.

Mckee said God was looking out for Austin, but there were a few things he could have done differently to be found sooner.

“Follow a creek, I don’t care where you go on this mountain, it’ll always bring you out somewhere, just follow a creek,” he said.

Mckee said it’s hard to survive on your own with nothing, but that it is possible and that if you have to drink from a creek, drink from moving water, not standing water.

Austin Bohanan said he didn’t eat for the 11 days he was stranded in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He said he had a water bottle that he refilled by the creek, and that was all. Bohanan was found safe, though starved, after spending those days on his own in the deep back country of the mountains.

He told Local 8 News he was hiking a trail with his step-father, who he said drifted off to go look for a pair of glasses he lost.

Bohanan eventually emerged near the remote backcountry area near Tabcat Creek in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Park spokeswoman Dana Soehn said he was transported by Rural/Metro to Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville. He was then released a few hours later.

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