Published 12:35 PM EDT Sep 10, 2020
After three nights and four days lost in the wilderness, an 80-year-old hiker was reunited with his family — at a press conference originally planned as a continued effort to try and find him.
Harry Harvey was reported missing on Sunday, after he was separated from his walking partner in Yorkshire Dales, located in northeast England.
At the press conference, broadcast from the local Tan Hill Inn on Facebook Live, Harvey explained that he got caught in a heavy hail storm, but was able to stay safe for three nights.
“In hindsight, I didn’t want all of this [worry and attention], but I had three really good wild camping nights,” he said, adding that he never felt scared.
His son and daughter-in-law said they didn’t have the same enjoyable experience — as they worried for Harvey’s well-being.
“He’s had a blast, we’ve had a nightmare,” said his daughter-in-law, Naomi.
All three thanked the rescuers and community for their successful efforts.
According to North Yorkshire’s Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team, over 100 mountain rescue members were involved in a joint-organization search for Harvey — including police and the Royal Air Force (RAF).
On Tuesday, the North Yorkshire Police announced that Harvey was found by a wildlife photographer, “who had seen our appeal and noticed Harry waving at her.”
Other than a fall that left a mark on Harvey’s forehead, the family and officials say Harvey is in good health.
“This is fantastic news that Harry has been found safe and well,” stated Local Inspector Mark Gee. “I want to thank all the search volunteers for their time, as well as Gamekeepers, estate owners, farmers and local residents for their help and understanding.”