A California hiker shot videos of himself after breaking his leg and stranded on a California desert trail for 40 hours without cell phone reception
Robert Ringo, 67, of La Quinta, wasn’t sure he would make it out alive when he stranded in Joshua Tree National Park in early July, so he started recording himself.
‘Help out! Help out!’ Ringo screams into the distance. Ringo, who often walks and hunts, turns the camera to his injured left leg while in excruciating pain.
“I can’t stand and I can’t talk, I can’t sit, and I certainly can’t walk,” says Ringo. “You can see my foot flapping.”
He adds that he “tried to convert at least and when [he] it was just unbelievable pain. ‘
Robert Ringo (pictured), 67, hiked along a path in Joshua Tree National Park in California when he fell heavily and broke his left leg
Ringo, who did not have a cell phone and traveled alone, started recording himself on his cell phone. In the photo: Robert Ringo’s broken leg
In images he shot, Ringo reveals that he is suffering from dehydration.
“It’s the first time in my life I’ve ever experienced … no saliva,” says Ringo, lying under a strip of shade with his shirt unbuttoned.
At some point, Ringo tells the camera that “this may be the last episode.”
Ringo became dehydrated while waiting for 40 hours and admitted ‘It’s the first time in my life I’ve ever experienced … no saliva’
Ringo was injured for 40 hours and alone in Joshua Tree National Park, surviving alone on two quarts of water he brought and junipers he found nearby.
He kept his leg on a nearby branch to protect himself from the brutal sun when the temperature reached 109F that day.
Without cell phones and without mobility, Ringo feared what might happen to him if no one discovered he was there.
Meanwhile, his family had searched for him the next day with little luck.
Ringo called for help and assistance several times, but no one was close enough to hear his calls
Before leaving for his walk, Ringo shared his cell phone location with his son, Ryan, out of habit.
“Of course there was no service, but I had tagged my location and shared it with my son Ryan before I left. That’s just something I always do, “Ringo said KESQ.
Ringo’s family contacted the authorities, who finally found the father around 5 p.m. on July 17 when he explored the wilderness from a helicopter.
“I looked and it showed his last location was in Joshua Tree, and when I saw it, I recognized where it was,” said Ryan Ringo ABC 7.
The Ringo family said more than 30 rescuers in Joshua Tree National Park searched the area.
Ringo (photo) said he shared a cell phone with his son, Ryan, and it helped authorities eventually find him after 40 hours
The Joshua Tree Search Rescue team found Ringo and took him to the Desert Regional Medical Center to treat his broken femur.
“I never got to the point where I thought, I’m not going to make it. I just had faith and faith, “said Ringo.
He underwent left leg surgery and expected to make a full recovery.
Ringo cannot express his gratitude to his saviors, or “angels” as he calls them.
“I’m grateful because if I had never been found, it would have been disastrous for my family,” said Ringo.
He is also extremely proud of his son, whom he now calls a hero.
“I don’t know how many men can say their hero is their son,” said Ringo he looks forward to walking again as soon as his leg heals.
The latest brush with was reportedly not Ringo’s first near-death experience.
He said he has been electrocuted before and survived a shark attack.