A day trip in a canoe turned into a harrowing adventure for a 39-year-old Florida man in Altoona after his canoe capsized and he became lost in the woods for over 40 hours.
Davidson Anjab, age 39, went out on a canoe with two buddies in the Alexander Springs area on a nice spring day, but after their canoe capsized, he could not get back in. Anjab decided to swim to the shore and walk back to the launch point. He yelled to his friends to meet him back at the point and then started walking back to meet up with them.
Little did he know that he wouldn’t see his friends again for nearly two days. After his friends reported him missing, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office launched a search for the man. The sheriff’s office utilized K-9 forces, mounted officers, and helicopters to locate the missing man as the search intensified.
It is believed that Anjab became disoriented in the dense forest and could not figure out which direction to head, which resulted in two days of being forced to survive alone in the forest. On Tuesday, he was found close to the shoreline where his friends last saw him.
Once officers found the missing man, they radioed in their location and administered first aid to Anjab, who was highly dehydrated while awaiting helicopter assistance. The helicopter arrived, and then the officers helped a rescuer from the helicopter land on the ground and then attached safety belts to Anjab so that he could be safely transported to a hospital for further medical treatment.
According to the Lake County Sheriff, Anjab was lost in the forest for about 40 hours and was taken to a hospital for further medical attention and fluids. The Sheriff went on to thank everyone who helped with the rescue, including many different rescue agencies from throughout the region. He credited everyone’s quick action with the success of the rescue and the many volunteers who willingly offered resources and time to help locate Anjab.
While Anjab has not commented on his rescue, it seems doubtful that he will be headed out in a canoe anytime soon- at least not without taking a few classes about how to get back into a capsized boat!
Anjab’s safe rescue is a testament to the importance of staying in one location if you realize that you are lost in the woods or any other foreign environment. Anjab staying nearby his initial capsize point likely contributed to his safe rescue. It also highlights the importance of helicopters in rescue efforts.