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Lost Hunter Shares Story of Survival

KSTP-TV
December 30, 2017 08:06 AM

A Northern Minnesota hunter says it's a miracle he's alive after getting lost outside in sub-zero temperatures.

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He got into trouble north of his home in Cook, in Saint Louis County. Tucked in a warm bed at Regions Hospital, 72-year-old Dave Quiser, still can't believe how he got there.

"I got myself into one doggone of a predicament," Quiser, a retired St. Louis County sheriff's deputy, said.

Quiser loves hunting, so he decided to head out on Christmas Day and told his family where he was going, except for one last stop on the map.

"Then on the way home, doggone I thought of just one more road I wanted to try," Quiser said.

It was at that last stop that he realized his truck was no match for the remote Minnesota road in December.

"I slid off the right side of the road and found myself in, as deputy sheriff's would say, deep doo-doo," Quiser said.

Without a working cell phone, Quiser stayed the night in his truck.

"Had a rather fitful sleep during the night," Quiser said.

The next morning, unsure if anyone would find his truck off the road, he decided to walk to find help in the negative degree weather.

"Literally bitter, burning cold," Quiser said.

Living with Emphysema, the farthest he says he's capable of walking is about a mile. But he proved that wrong walking more than two miles from his truck.

"I just kept on hiking," Quiser said. "Sure enough I got dizzy and I collapsed. I couldn't get up but I wasn't going to quit."

"It was such a helpless feeling and then those feelings of thinking he's all alone," said Dana Sanders, Quiser's daughter.

A search team spent hours trying to find him, but it happened to be two loggers who came to his rescue.

"Low and behold a truck pulls up beside me and the guy asked me if I'm alright," Quiser said. "I said 'Hell no I'm not alright.'"

Quiser was quickly taken to a nearby hospital, but was later transferred to a burn unit at Regions Hospital.

"Today I was told that I'm going to lose some of my fingers," Quiser said.

Fingers he can live without, but he stresses family he cannot.

"I'll tell you, when you have family and friends nothing is insurmountable," Quiser said.

Quiser will be going to a rehabilitation unit once he leaves Regions. His advice to everyone is always tell your loved ones where you're going.


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