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Man Trapped Under Tree He Cut Down, Rescued After Four Days

There is something to be said about hiring those that have expertise in landscaping. Just ask 59-year-old Jonathan Ceplecha of Minnesota, who was taking down an oak tree on his property but when it fell he ended up being pinned down by the thing and wasn’t rescued until four days after it happened.

The ordeal began on August 27 when Ceplecha tried to cut down an oak tree in the woods behind his house. That was on a Thursday. A large log from the tree broke away and fell on him, pinning him helplessly. It wasn’t until the following Monday that family members called the Redwood County Sheriff’s Office as they hadn’t heard from him and he failed to show up for work.

Rescuers eventually found him and amazingly, he was alert and able to tell them what happened. His son, Miles Ceplecha said his dad told him he was able to keep from panicking by breaking up the days into hours and then breaking up the hours into five-minute segments so that he could have little victories throughout the day that would give him little pieces of hope. “He just tried to keep his mind distracted, and he did this hour after hour for 100 hours.” A GoFundMe page by Miles adds that his father ate insects and drank rainwater while trapped. It took rescuers two painstaking hours to free Ceplecha from the tree.

Source: NBC NEWS

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