Wrong turn leads to five days in desert
Thursday 17 February 2011
A motorist aged 84 spent five days stranded in the Arizona desert after getting lost while driving home.
Henry Morello drank the windscreen washer fluid, used car mats to stay warm at night and read his car manual from cover to cover to pass the time. He was finally rescued when a walker discovered him.
"I just kissed him," Mr Morello said. "He looked like an angel to me."
Mr Morello, who was taken to hospital for checks, described his ordeal as he recalled making a wrong turn while driving home from a restaurant on 7 February.
He ended up in a ditch while making a U-turn. The batteries in his car and mobile phone went flat and he tried to walk to safety, but did not get far and returned.
He ripped a chrome piece from his car and put it on the roof, hoping someone would see the reflection.
Unknown to him, a search began when he failed to return home.
Jim Sheehan, a search and rescue leader, said they knew of the missing man. "Nobody ever gave up," said Mr Sheehan, who was on a search plane when he got a call notifying him that Mr Morello had been found.
Doctors at the hospital in Phoenix where Mr Morello was taken said he arrived in good condition, considering what he had been through.
Mr Morello said he had learned a lesson the hard way. "I'll never drive without water," he said.
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
- 2 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 4 War is war: Why I stand with Israel
- 5 Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Ian Thorpe gay: Olympic swimmer comes out in Parkinson interview
Stephen Fry ‘criticises Operation Yewtree in dinner party rant’ calling for tougher laws to deter false sex abuse allegations
Israel-Gaza conflict: ‘Sderot cinema’ image shows Israelis with popcorn and chairs 'cheering as missiles strike Palestinian targets'
Israel-Gaza conflict: Israeli air strike destroys home for the disabled killing two women residents
Israel-Gaza conflict: Israeli PM says conflict may 'continue for a long time' as hundreds of Palestinians flee their homes
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
Emergency data law: David Cameron plots to bring back snoopers’ charter
NUT strike: David Cameron announces crackdown on strike action ahead of mass industrial action
£40000 - £60000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Dynamics CRM D...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Web Developer ...
£50000 - £67000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# R&D .NE...
£40000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Developer (...