California Hiker With Broken Leg Ate Bugs To Live

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A hiker who was stranded for six days with a broken leg in California’s Sierra Nevada says he survived by eating crickets and moths and melting ice for water.

Gregg Hein said Wednesday while recovering at a Fresno hospital that he was a couple days into a solo hike when a large rock crushed his right leg above the ankle. The 33-year-old Clovis man’s first thought was treating his dangling leg and protruding bone to boost his chances of making it out alive.

Hein says he used hiking gear to secure his leg and then scooted to a flat clearing with a good vantage point to wait for rescuers. A helicopter crew eventually spotted him.

Hein says his high-risk days of hiking alone are behind him.

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