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Hunter found safe near Estacada after four days lost in the forest

Nicholas Benim is missing near Hideaway Lake. If you see him, call 911. Photo courtesy Mountain Wave Search and Rescue 

A missing hunter is recovering in the hospital after he spent four days lost in the woods.

Search and rescue crews found Nick Benim on Wednesday afternoon along a forest road.

He got lost Sunday while on a hunting trip in the Hideaway Lake area with his father, officials said. Benim spent the next four days searching for people and trying to stay warm.

Family members say Benim fortunately was prepared with lighters, a compass and a solar blanket – supplies credited with helping keep him alive.

“Those supplies he had and the information he had about setting up camp at night, those are the things that saved his life,” said Nick’s brother, Bobby Benim.

Nick Benim is in the hospital recovering from dehydration and a few cuts and scrapes, however his brother says he’s otherwise okay.

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