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California man rescued after making 'HELP' sign with cypress needles
California man rescued after making 'HELP' sign with cypress needles

A scavenger hunt for fish bait turned into a desperate five-day mission by a West Sacramento man to return home. If it was not for Mike Vilhauer’s quick thinking to fashion numerous sticks and bunches of cypress needles into an 8-feet tall ‘HELP’ sign, he may not have been rescued. The sign did eventually catch a helicopter pilot’s attention. “There was a time I thought I wasn’t going to make it,” he said. But his love for his wife and family, he said, motivated him to keep moving. Vilhauer, 58, lost his way Aug. 5 as he was looking for grasshoppers for bait in the California wilderness just south of Lake Tahoe in Alpine County. The area...

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