Man writes goodbye notes to family after becoming lost in the wilderness

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CALIFORNIA –A man goes on a fishing trip and becomes lost in the wilderness for nearly a week.

According to KXTV, Mike Vilhauer, 58, was fishing alone at Lower Sunset Lake in Alpine County. He went looking for bait and got lost.

Vilhauer said he went five days without food and drank out of puddles.

KXTV said when he didn’t think he’d make it out of the wilderness alive, he started carving goodbye notes to his family on driftwood.

Vilhauer told ABC News that the goodbye note to his wife was so long, he had to continue on another piece of wood.

Crews on the ground and in the air were looking for him and he was eventually rescued.

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