Man Survives For Six Days After Car Plunges Of California Cliff

CASTAIC, Calif. (CBS/AP) — An incredible story of survival is coming out of Southern California.

A missing grandfather has been rescued from the scene of a car crash in the Angeles National Forest after six days, thanks to family members who would not give up.

The 67-year-old victim was rescued on Thursday from the bottom of a steep ravine on Lake Hughes Road at Pine Canyon Road.

David Lavau survived serious injuries from a horrific car crash; he spent six days drinking stream water and eating bugs and leaves.

Lisa Lavau, David’s daughter says they stopped at every ravine and looked over every hill and when her brother got out of the car they heard their dad say ‘help, help’ and there he was.

David Lavau was on his way home from Oxnard when his car went over the ravine last Friday. Lisa Lavau went on to say that her dad would never not call his kids and by the time the fourth day, the fifth day, and then the sixth day, they knew something was wrong.

In the ravine where the accident happened, several cars have gone also gone off the cliff. In one of those other cars a driver was found who did not survive.

As David Lavau is recovering at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, his family is counting their blessings.

David Lavau has numerous broken bones but is in stable condition.

The other driver has not been identified. It is unclear how long he was at the ravine.

Comments

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  1. Chris Davis says:

    Amazing.. I think I found the location.. it looks like the ravine at coordinates; 34.593862,-118.563906

  2. HAPPY ENDINGS says:

    THAT IS REALLY SCARY AND I AM SO HAPPY THE FAMILY WAS REUNITED WITH THEIR FATHER. THIS COULD HAVE BEEN A VERY TRAGIC STORY INSTEAD HE IS WALKING AWAY FROM A DEVASTATING CRASH ALIVE. THE FAMILY DID GREAT, AND IF IT WERE ME I WOULD HAVE BEEN LOOKING EVERYDAY UNTIL I FOUND HIM AS WELL. LUCKY FATHER TO HAVE FAMILY LIKE THAT.

  3. jjvv says:

    Amazing story, and amazing when it’s the power of a love one that makes a determination so much stronger. Anything is possible!

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