Utah man rescued after spending three nights on mountain

HOLLADAY, Utah — A 19-year-old man was rescued on Utah’s Mount Olympus after spending three nights stranded on a ledge.

Unified Police Department spokesman Lt. Justin Hoyal says Cole Taylor of Salt Lake was rescued by a state helicopter Saturday night after a hiker heard his screams for help.

He was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in serious but stable with hypothermia and dehydration.

Hoyal says Taylor had to eat leaves and drink urine to survive the ordeal.

Wearing only shorts, a basketball jersey and a baseball cap, Taylor climbed to the top of Mount Olympus on Wednesday.

Hoyal says Taylor walked off the main trail on the descent and ended up getting stuck on a ledge in Hughes Canyon.

He says Taylor is lucky to be alive.



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